Klopp fined for West Ham comments

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on February 04, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

A fine of £45,000 has been placed on Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp by the FA for comments he made about the referee after a game at West Ham earlier this month.

In a post-match interview, Klopp insinuated that Kevin Friend made decisions later in the game to make up for the errors in the first half.

Liverpool took the lead thanks to Sadio Mane’s 22nd-minute strike and replays confirmed the build-up from Milner was from an offside position.

Klopp was of the opinion his team did not get many decisions after the interval and said to Sky Sports: “We had good moments, coming through the channels and scored the goal, which I’ve now been told is offside.

“This explains a little bit the second half, because I think the referee knew at half-time.

“He knew it for sure at half-time, and then you saw a lot of strange situations. They were not decisive but just rhythm breakers. That obviously didn’t help us.

“If I’ve made a mistake in the first half, I don’t want to open the gap even more as a human being.”

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He was subsequently charged by the FA and a statement on Thursday said: “Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after accepting an FA charge for comments made following Liverpool’s league game against West Ham United on 4 February 2019.

“His comments made during a post-match interview breached FA Rule E3(1), as they questioned the integrity of the match referee and/or implied bias.”

The Reds are in action on Sunday at Old Trafford where they face bitter rivals Manchester United in the bid to get a firm grasp of the top spot.