Everton and Liverpool have felt the repercussions from a feisty Premier League clash, with Jurgen Klopp’s team running out 2-0 winners over their neighbours at Anfield.
Everton have been handed a heavier fine than Liverpool after an incident during the recent Merseyside derby clash between the two sides.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds won the game 2-0, with Mohamed Salah opening the scoring before Cody Gakpo scored his first goal for his new club. However, there was a bad-tempered moment after a coming-together between Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson.
Both clubs were charged with failing to control their players in the light of the incident, which brought yellow cards for both Pickford and Robertson. However, while Liverpool have been fined £25,000, their rivals have been given a harsher fine of £40,000.
Everton and Liverpool have been fined £40,000 and £25,000 respectively for a mass confrontation that took place during their Premier League match on Monday 13 February,” an FA statement read. “Both clubs admitted that they failed to ensure their players and benches conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from provocative behaviour in the 86th minute.”
No details have been given at this stage with regards to why the two teams have been fined differing amounts. However, written reasons are due to be published by the independent regulatory commission responsible for imposing the punishments on the clubs.
Pickford and Robertson appeared to make up quickly after the altercation, but other players were quick to get involved. Visiting defender Conor Coady was involved on the pitch, while those on the benches – including Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas and Everton’s Amadou Onana – could be seen reacting.
Liverpool followed their 2-0 derby win with a victory by the same margin against 10-man Newcastle. The Reds are now seven points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham, but have two games in hand on Antonio Conte’s team.
Their revival hit a wall on Tuesday night, though, with a heavy Champions League defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. Goals from Salah and Darwin Nunez saw the Premier League side open up another two-goal lead, but the reigning European champions were level at half-time and eventually sealed a comfortable 5-2 victory.
“It’s how it is in these moments, the closer you get to the game the bigger our chances become and the less likely it is the tie is over,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss said. “Tonight, with the 5-2 and you see the game, they are pretty good in counter-attacking.
We have to score three goals there and take some risk, so that could be a bit tricky. It is really not even in my mind. We go there, I can say it now already, and try to win the game. If that is possible or not, I don’t know now but that’s what we will try and from there we will see.”