Klopp: I anticipated a lengthier suspension; how will the FA utilize my £75k fine?

Jurgen Klopp will serve a sideline suspension in Liverpool’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday; Klopp admitted some of his colleagues expected him to be suspended for more games; The German will watch from the stands but is allowed to keep in touch with his bench. Jurgen Klopp admits he expected more than a secondary suspension for comments about referee Paul Tierney and wondered ‘where does the money go’ after he was also fined £75,000. Jurgen Klopp admits he expected more of a suspension for his comments about referee Paul Tierney and wondered ‘where does the money go’ after he was also fined £75,000.


The German manager has been banned from Saturday’s game against Aston Villa after saying Tierney had “something against us” following Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Tottenham last month. The Liverpool manager was already serving a sideline ban this season when he watched from the stands against Southampton after being sent off against Manchester City.

Reacting to his recent ban, Klopp said in his pre-Aston Villa press conference: “From what we know and could hear, I was expecting a penalty.”

“As always, I’d like to know where the (penalty) money is going.” If it’s for a good cause, I’ll gladly pay; Otherwise (and) the FA is keeping him, so we need to talk again and I find that a bit harsh, but other than that people around me have been pretty negative. They thought it would take longer!

“It’s a game, it’s like the game against Southampton, it will be the same process. I can follow the game from a better position and keep in touch with my coaches.”


Klopp will watch the Aston Villa game from the stands and will be in contact with the bench via a phone with Vitor Matos, one of his backstage aides.

However, the Liverpool manager joked that his voice could still reach his players from afar if they didn’t return. When asked about the differences between the direction on the sidelines and the direction in the stands, Klopp replied: “No one is going to scream like me when they don’t come back in the 70th minute and things like that. I am sitting away, but if the game is not good, I could do it. At least my voice is good.


More seriously, Klopp then said: “Not much. I’m really in contact with Vito, he will have to use the headset to make calls.

“We can talk about anything, substitutions and things like that. [Assistant manager] Pep [Ljinders] is an incredible coach and he will be there.”

“I said it was a much better position from a viewer’s perspective.” In the Southampton match he was a big help. I sit next to our analysts, they get a little support from me.”


Klopp also received another one-match sideline ban, suspended until the end of next season, provided he does not reoffend.

Klopp will also be allowed onto the pitch at Anfield after the game, where Liverpool will bid farewell to four players after taking part in their last home game for the club.

Milner, Firmino, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain leave Liverpool

The Merseyside club announced this week that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita along with Roberto Firmino will leave the club at the end of their contracts.

“This game is difficult for several reasons,” added Klopp. “We talked to the guys about it this week. It’s super important for us and super moving. We really say goodbye to what I believe to be four Liverpool legends. Because two of them were there when I arrived, Milly and Bobby – nothing.” Many good things would have happened in recent years without them.

Naby and Ox arrived, I’m pretty sure Ox was unlucky with injuries and bad times. I remember the match against Roma when he was seriously injured, I didn’t know how to deal with him because at the time he was irreplaceable, he was so good. He was very tough, but also a good guy, and support was important to the team during that time.

“When people talk about Naby it’s the same with too many injuries. When you look back at big games you’ll see how often he played and performed in super big games. All four have won pretty much every trophie out there.” “We love them, but it’s professional football and nothing is forever. There are always those moments, they are good moments. A chapter closes and we start a new one. We won’t forget them and I will too.” be forever grateful to them.”


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