Klopp accepts FA charge over wild derby celebrations

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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp runs onto the pitch celebrating the team's last-gasp goal scored by substitute striker Divock Origi (not pictured) during the English Premier League match against Everton at Anfield, Liverpool, on December 2, 2018.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp on Tuesday accepted a charge of misconduct leveled by the English Football Association, saying "if you break rules you have to pay for it."

The 51-year-old German had been charged after his exuberant celebrations following Divock Origi's goal in the 96th minute for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby with Everton on Sunday which gave the Reds a 1-0 victory at Anfield.

Klopp raced towards his players and embraced goalkeeper Alisson Becker as the win kept Liverpool just two points adrift of English Premier League leader Manchester City.

The Liverpool manager had already admitted after the match his behavior was "not cool" and at his press conference yesterday said he held his hands up to the charge.

"That's what rules are for. If you break rules you have to pay for it," he said.

Klopp has received sympathy from the likes of City manager Pep Guardiola and yesterday more came from his opposing manager in the derby, Everton's Marco Silva.

"In that moment I didn't see what Juergen did," said Silva.

"Now I saw and for me it's not a matter. It's the emotion of the game, it's a normal situation. He's celebrating.

"I don't know if we had scored in that moment what would be my reaction.

"If you ask me, I think he shouldn't (have been fined) but the FA has to decide what the rules are."

Meanwhile, Liverpool was drawn away to Wolverhampton Wanderers in one of two all-EPL matchups in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion were also paired in the draw made at Stamford Bridge, the home of defending champion Chelsea.

The holder will begin the defense of the trophy on January 5 with a home match against second-tier Nottingham Forest, which eliminated Arsenal at this stage last season.

City will also face second-tier opposition in Rotherham as does Manchester United, which is at home to Reading

Arsenal received an away draw against either third-tier Blackpool or non-league team Solihull.

Woking, one of two non-league sides guaranteed to be in the third round, will host EPL team Watford. The other is Barnet, which is away to Sheffield United.

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