By Keith Hackett

19th Sep, 2022 | 3:51pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Liverpool coach deserves 'big ' punishment after confirmed news

Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg fully deserves his one-match touchline ban and £7,000 fine, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested it was a “big fine” for Achterberg and could represent “a third of their salary”.

The Liverpool Echo reported last week (15 September) that the 51-year-old had been punished for his role in the scenes that followed the club’s 2-1 win over Newcastle United last month (31 August).

Tempers flared in the technical area after a late Fabio Carvalho winner secured the Reds all three points at Anfield.

Newcastle United coach Daniel Hodges has been slapped with a £6,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban as it appeared a member of Newcastle’s staff a throwing a bottle into the Liverpool technical area.

“One is £7,000 and one is £6,000, I don’t know how they work that out,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“It’s £13,000 in total and this is a big fine for coaching staff and it’s deserved. If you’re an occupant of the technical area then you have a responsibility to be self-disciplined and not get drawn in.

“It’s cost them money and that might be a third of their salary. They are not paid a huge amount of money coaches.”

Achterberg will not be on the touchline when Liverpool host Brighton & Hove Albion next month (1 October) after the international break.

It will be the Reds’ first Premier League game in almost a month after two were postponed due to events surrounding the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

In other news, a finance guru has revealed Liverpool are playing “hardball” amid a Whitehall “negotiations” twist.