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Klopp criticized Simeone after refusing to shake hands

Wed 20 October 2021 | 10:14

The German coach is upset with Simeone's behavior.

Liverpool

boss Jurgen Klopp has criticized Diego Simeone for not shaking hand with him after last night's game between Liverpool and Atletico.

Last night, Atletico hosted Liverpool and fell behind their opponents by two goals at the beginning of the game. However, Antoine Griezmann was able to make up for two goals and the game ended in a 2-2 draw at the end of the first half. Griezmann was sent off, an Atletico penalty was overturned by the VAR, and Liverpool scored the third goal with a penalty.

After the game, Simeone, who was upset by what was happening on the pitch, left the field immediately and did not shake hands with Jürgen Klopp, which upset the German coach.

Klopp said:

"We don't like that but yes the situation is clear. I want to shake his hand. His reaction for sure, like mine, was not so cool. 

"The next time we see each other we will shake hands definitely. It's nothing. He was obviously angry, not with me but with the game. There is nothing else."

Asked about the penalty decision, the German said:

 "I saw it and our penalty is a penalty. I think the other one [for Atletico] is not a penalty but I didn't expect it [to be overturned]. 

"I think it's the right decision. The red card was for sure unlucky but it is a red card. A foot in the face. It can happen."

"It was a tough game. Honestly, how we win it, I couldn't care less! On a night like this, getting three points is really nice," he said.

"We did surprisingly well at the beginning. Did we expect it to be that defensive? Probably not. It was not so easy. 

"We scored two wonderful goals then played good football. It was 2-0 then obviously Atletico are not too bothered about having possession. 

"The first goal we gave away then the second, it was nice play but the gaps we had there...That was not alright. 

"At half-time I think everyone in the stadium thought it was only going one way and we thought 'let's give it a proper try again'.

"We played a really solid second half in a tough game with intense football from both teams. We got the penalty, then there was a red card and obviously it was in our favour."

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