On Friday, the Football Association (FA) confirmed that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp would receive a two-match touchline ban, with one being suspended, and a fine of £75,000 for his outburst following the Reds’ win over Manchester United. Klopp accepted the punishment but expressed his dissatisfaction with the nature of the fine, saying: “I would like to know, like always, where the money goes. If it’s for a good cause, I’m more than happy to pay it. If the FA keeps it, I think it’s a bit harsh.” Klopp also commented on the ban aspect of his punishment, saying he was “OK” with it and that it was “pretty much the same process” as when he was sent to the stands during the Southampton game which Liverpool won 3-1.
In other news, Darwin Nunez will miss Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa due to inflammation of the tendon in his toe. Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to Milner and Firmino, and hopes the latter “will be ready” to play against Villa, having trained this week. Meanwhile, a Tottenham fan has pleaded guilty to mocking Hillsborough victims.
BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey is set to leave the channel in the summer, and Suso scored a brilliant goal to help Sevilla past Juventus and into the Europa League final. Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out by Jose Mourinho’s Roma, 1-0 on aggregate in the other semi-final.
The match of the night is Barnsley vs. Bolton in the League One play-offs. The second leg of the semi-final kicks off at 8pm (BST) and is live on Sky Sports Football. Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley is set to feature in the match after Sheffield Wednesday’s dramatic comeback in the first leg.