Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for his celebrations at the end of Liverpool’s dramatic derby win over Everton (1-0).
FA chiefs have reviewed the footage on Monday and concluded that Klopp’s actions represent misconduct, in a charge which is likely to polarise opinion.
After the game, Klopp said: “I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful – but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened. I’m not sure what the FA has to do in a situation like this but I will have to wait. If I could describe how I felt when the goal went in, then I would have control over it. We don’t want to look for excuses but that’s how it is. The plan was not to run [on to the pitch to celebrate]. When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised.”
The FA issued a short statement on Monday afternoon which read: “Jurgen Klopp has been charged with misconduct relating to his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game between Liverpool and Everton yesterday. He has until 6pm on 6 December 2018 to respond to the charge.”
Klopp will not face a touchline ban and is likely to be fined.