Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he expects to be punished for his behaviour on the touchline during Sunday’s 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur as well as for his post-match comments on referee Paul Tierney.
Klopp was handed a yellow card for celebrating Diogo Jota’s 94th-minute winner by running towards the fourth official John Brooks at Anfield, where the German also injured himself in the process.
After the game, Klopp accused referee Paul Tierney of having something “against” Liverpool but the referee’s body PGMOL reviewed the audio of Tierney and said he acted in a professional manner throughout.
“I probably have to expect the punishment because the referees think I questioned their integrity.But in the moment, I just described my feelings,” Klopp told reporters on Tuesday.
“The whole situation shouldn’t have happened at all.It was out of emotion, out of anger.That’s why I celebrated the way I celebrated.
“I couldn’t get close to the fourth official and I didn’t want to get close to the fourth official, and then I pulled my muscle.I tried to calm down, it didn’t work.”
Klopp said he had not expected a red card but added that Tierney thought otherwise.
“I expected the yellow card and he said to me: ‘For me it is a red card, but because of him (fourth official), it is yellow’, and he shows me a yellow and smiles in my face, that is it,” he added.
“We won a football game in a spectacular manner and the only headlines were about me.I regret that.”