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Pochettino: I am faster than Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed not to repeat his celebration in Sunday's Merseyside derby after being fined £8,000 by the Football Association.

Klopp reacted to Divock Origi's stoppage-time winner against Everton at Anfield by running to the centre circle and celebrating with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

In a statement on Tuesday, the FA said the Reds manager "admitted an FA improper conduct charge and accepted the standard penalty."

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"I didn't want to do it and I can say it won't happen again," Klopp told a news conference on Tuesday. "It was not on my radar that it was still possible.

"We make mistakes, but usually I learn from it -- at least over a long period. It's not a massive mistake. If there was no rule against it, we as managers would constantly celebrate on the pitch.

"I don't think anybody thought it's massively wrong, not even the ref -- they were probably surprised themselves. There's nothing to say, actually. It's a fine, I pay it. Let's carry on."

Klopp said he had apologised to his counterpart Marco Silva at the final whistle on Sunday, although that was disputed by the Everton manager in the immediate aftermath of the match.

Silva told a news conference on Tuesday he did not feel that Klopp's actions warranted punishment from the FA.

"If you ask me, I think he shouldn't [be fined]," he said. "But the FA has to decide the rules.

"Of course in that moment, the manager cannot think of fines or not. It's a moment to celebrate. I know the last two days everybody is talking about the situation.

"But, for me, it's not even a matter because it's normal in football. It's really important as well, even if sometimes you get fined. It's something important, this passion of the game."

Klopp will be in the dugout when Liverpool travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday. Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson are doubts for the trip with injuries sustained in the derby.

"Sadio and Robbo, we need to have another look at today," Klopp said. "Sadio really had an awful cut on his foot. It needed to be stitched.

"He is OK, but walking around here now in flip-flops and you don't play in flip-flops. That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later.

"With Robbo, it is not as serious as with Sadio, but we need to have a look.

"We are all long enough together that we know about the specific challenge against Burnley. It's a really tough place to go."

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has tipped Kelvin Davis, who played for him at Southampton, to have a bright future in management.

Spurs face struggling Southampton -- with former goalkeeper Davis in caretaker charge following the sacking of Mark Hughes -- at Wembley on Wednesday, and Pochettino said he was looking forward to seeing him.

"He was our player, my first captain," he told a news conference. "He was a great personality, a great character, a great man, and it's so nice to face him tomorrow.

"It's a difficult situation for us both, because we both need to win. But I know his dream is to be a coach, to be a manager. He has the capacity and quality to be a great manager in England or in another country.

"Of course I care a lot for Southampton. When Southampton changed the project after a year and a half I needed to go away, but my affection remains. I think it was one of the best periods in my life that we spent there.

"Of course I'm not happy with [their] situation. But it's sure they have the tools to lift from that situation."

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Tottenham go into the match on the back of a 4-2 defeat at Arsenal in the North London derby, but Pochettino said he had been happy with his side's display on Sunday.

"Until we conceded the third goal in the 77th minute it was an even game," he said. "The performance was good.

"Last season they were much, much better when we lost 2-0. Of course, the result is so disappointing but I'm proud of the players, the performance, the effort -- to cope with three big games in seven days is so difficult."

Both Spurs and Arsenal have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players after a first-half brawl, sparked when Eric Dier celebrated his goal by putting his finger to his lips in front of Arsenal's fans and substitutes.

"It's difficult to control emotions in that moment," Pochettino said. "To be honest, I didn't talk with him.

"If you're a Tottenham fan, you take it in one direction. If you're an Arsenal fan, you take in another direction. If you're the manager of Tottenham or Arsenal, or the Arsenal players doing the warm-up, you're going to back your players.

"Now it's just to accept the FA charge or not. It's under investigation. If we did something wrong, it's normal to pay."

Pochettino added that he felt Spurs, now fifth in the Premier League and behind Arsenal on goal difference, were continuing to improve.

"Last season, at the same stage of the season, we had six points less than today," he added. "I think after Liverpool and Everton we're the team that improves the most -- more than Arsenal, [Manchester] City, United or Chelsea."

LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri confirmed that he would like to see David Luiz and Cesc Fabregas follow Cesar Azpilicueta in signing new Chelsea contracts, but admitted that the club's policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30 is a sticking point in negotiations.

Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Azpilicueta had signed a contract extension committing him to Stamford Bridge until June 2022, while both Marcos Alonso and N'Golo Kante have put pen to paper on lucrative new deals in recent weeks.

Luiz and Fabregas are among several Chelsea first-team players set to be free agents next summer and both have expressed a desire to stay beyond this season. Sarri wants to keep the pair, and remains confident that his club will find a way to get it done -- though he suggested they may have to compromise.

"I spoke with the club one month ago about this," Sarri told a news conference. "I know very well that it's not easy, but I think that we can do a new deal for both.

"They are very important players for us. It's very difficult to find a centre-back for this level [like Luiz], and it's very difficult to find a central midfielder technically like Fabregas. And so I think they have to stay with us."

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Asked if Chelsea's one-year policy for veterans is complicating matters, Sarri replied: "The deal is very difficult for this reason, I think. Because the club wants a short contract, and the players want a long contract. So it's difficult for this reason. But I think, at the end, we can find a solution.

"I think that David and Cesc are leaders. And so I think it's very important for me, for the staff, and also for their teammates that they stay with us.

"I know the difficulties of the new deal, as I said before. The problem is only one year, two years or three/four years for the new contract. But I think the club will be able to find the right solution."

Another player whose future at Chelsea remains uncertain is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 22-year-old has performed impressively in recent weeks but is yet to start in the Premier League, and is determined to get more regular first-team opportunities this season at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea will not consider selling Loftus-Cheek under any circumstances in January, and Sarri reiterated that he does not want the midfielder to leave on loan in the New Year either.

"He played some matches in the Europa League and the League Cup, and he played matches in the Premier League without starting, I think," Sarri added. "He is, at the moment, very important for us. He had some problems to understand very well what I wanted, but now he is improving and, in the last two matches, I was really very happy with him.

"I want him to stay with me, to stay with us. So I think that there is no chance [of him leaving in January]."

Chelsea travel to Molineux to face Wolves on Wednesday with no significant injuries, though Mateo Kovacic (ankle) and Marcos Alonso (back) are carrying knocks and will be assessed closer to kick-off.

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