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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino fined £20,000 and banned from driving for a year for drink driving

Roberto Firmino arrives at Liverpool Magistrates' Court Credit: PA

Liverpool FC player Roberto Firmino has been fined #20,000 and banned from driving for a year after admitting drink-driving at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

The Brazilian-born forward was stopped by police while he was driving his Range Rover on Strand Street in Liverpool city centre at 3am on Christmas Eve.

Michael Hogan, defending the 25-year-old, said the incident happened the day after the footballer's family home was targeted by burglars who were "prepared to use extreme force".

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In a statement issued after the hearing, Firmino said: "I apologise, without reservation, to the club, the manager, my team-mates and the supporters for putting myself in this situation. What I have done is wrong and sets a bad example.

"I promise to everyone in the LFC family that I will learn from this mistake, learn from this experience, and not repeat it in the future."

The club said the player had been disciplined but declined to say what action had been taken.

In a statement, it said: "The player has been disciplined by the club for his actions and reminded of his responsibilities for the present and future.

"The nature of this action will remain private, however it does not impact on his availability for selection for matches.

"The club considers this to be an isolated incident and a rare lapse in judgement and professionalism. We will however work with the player to further educate him on the dangers associated with drink driving specifically."

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Video: managers' reaction after Merseyside derby

Sadio Mane scored in injury time Credit: Photo: PA

Liverpool snatched an added-time winner against Everton to stay on the tails of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench after a month out with a calf injury to fire against a post in the fourth of eight added minutes and Sadio Mane knocked home the rebound for a 1-0 victory.

The result moved Liverpool back above Manchester City into second place, six points behind Chelsea.

Watch: Jurgen Klopp dreams of a Rocky inspired knockout ahead of the Merseyside derby

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is dreaming of landing a knockout blow in the Merseyside derby - after a late-night viewing of the most recent Rocky film.

Klopp said he was already looking forward to Monday's trip across Stanley Park when some late-night channel hopping drew him to last year's 'Creed'.

In the film, Sylvester Stallone's latest protege takes on a character played by WBC cruiserweight champion - and Everton fan - Tony Bellew and the climactic fight takes place at Everton's home ground.

"Last night, when I watched Creed, that was my first impression of Goodison Park," said the Reds boss.

"It was really good but I had no idea Goodison played a part. There are not a lot of coincidences in life but this was my first impression. It looked good.”

It was a light-hearted distraction for Klopp from the serious business of preparing his side for one of their most important games of the season.

And for a man who frequently stresses the need for perspective in sport, even he accepts that the fixture is huge for both clubs.

"Football is not the most important thing in the world but on Monday night I would say for 90 minutes in and around Liverpool it probably is.

"It is very, very, very, very, very big. It is a very important moment in the season for all of us."

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