The Spanish midfielder, whose full name is Rodrigo Hernandez Castante, has the name Rodrigo printed on the back of his shirt but is generally called Rodri, and has already received a yellow card in the first half of the tense match in Manchester City. The field when he knocked Dutch international player Cody Jacobo to the ground before the end of the first half.
With this, the Spanish manager of the current number two in the English Premier League cut off a promising attack, which in most cases is a good thing to get a yellow card. A second yellow card meant Rodri was ruled out and a huge tactical advantage for the visitors, if only because City had to continue with ten men.
The reason Liverpool players demanded compensation from the referee was when it emerged that referee Simon Hooper had no intention of sending the Spaniard to the catacombs. This was carried out by the majority of players, led by captain Jordan Henderson, in such an apparently intimidating manner that the FA decided to punish Liverpool players.
The official FA statement read: “Liverpool were fined £37,500 after players surrounded the referee during the 34th minute of the Premier League match against Manchester City on April 1, 2023.”
According to the FA, Liverpool admitted failing to make their players behave in an appropriate manner. The total fines imposed on Virgil van Dijk's club, among others, is £92,500 for this season. Among other things, a £25,000 fine after the Merseyside derby against Everton in February and a £30,000 fine (and match ban) for coach Jurgen Klopp for shouting at the fourth official were discussed.