Simeone explains Klopp handshake snub; Liverpool boss reacts

Date published: Wednesday 20th October 2021 7:51 - Joe Williams

Diego Simeone laughs at Jurgen Klopp as Atletico Madrid lostDiego Simeone laughs at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as Atletico Madrid lost

Diego Simeone believes it is “not healthy” for opposing managers to shake hands after the Atletico Madrid boss snubbed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds took an early two-goal lead thanks to goals from Mo Salah and Naby Keita before Antoine Griezmann’s double before half-time pegged the Premier League side back.

Salah’s penalty with 12 minutes to go sealed a 3-2 win for Liverpool after Griezmann was shown a red card in the second half for a dangerous tackle.

Liverpool win a breathless game that genuinely had everything 

At the end of the match Simeone’s decision to refuse a handshake from Klopp dominated the talk after the match.

“I don’t always greet (the other manager) after the game because I don’t like it,” Simeone told reporters after the match.

“It’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser. I think of it that way. But now, when I see him, I’ll greet him without a problem.”

When asked about the incident by Sky Sports, Klopp said: “The situation is clear, I wanted to shake his hand and he didn’t want to. His reaction was for sure not right and mine was not too good as well.

“But we are both emotional so when we see each other next time we will shake hands definitely and it’s like nothing happened.

“He was obviously angry not with me, but with the game, the world and it’s nothing else.”

Klopp was happy with a “dirty three points” to make it nine points from nine in the Champions League group stage, while Atletico and Porto both on four points.

“We still had to defend with all we had because even with 10 men they were quite intense to play,” said Klopp.

“But the dirty three points are very often the most important, and they were dirty tonight of course. It was not our best football but we got them and that’s a big step.

“When these two teams face each other then some drama I would say is guaranteed. Both teams are proper fighting units, are used to fighting for the things they want to reach.

“The story of the game is a special one because you don’t very often go 2-0 up against Atletico after 13 minutes.

“The human brain can be your biggest enemy. We misunderstood that situation completely: we wanted to control the game in the wrong way, we played in the wrong spaces and obviously gave two cheap goals away.

“I told the boys at half-time, it’s really positive because we know much more now than we knew before the game about them, we just have to use the right spaces.

“That’s what we tried to do, but then obviously the game got even more dramatic because of the decisions and the things that happened.”


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