Klopp respects Atletico’s Simeone a great deal

Tue 02 November 2021 | 16:29

The Reds manager believes the clash against Atletico Madrid is going to be a highly charged one.

Jurgen Klopp

revealed that he respects

Atletico Madrid

’s ‘absolutely exceptional coach’

Diego Simeone

and he is ready to put the controversies behind him.


will lock horns with Atleti in the Champions League on Wednesday after their 3-2 victory over the Spanish champions.

The Reds’ boss wanted to shake Simeone’s hand when the game was over, but the Argentine went to the tunnel, having the Liverpool manager waving to his back and Klopp expressed his regret afterwards.

The tactician knows that Simeone hardly ever engages in formalities after the game.


I respect a lot what he's doing, I said that before and after the game, but as private people, we cannot speak about each other because we don't know each other,"

he told reporters.

"But I couldn't respect him more for the things he's doing at Atletico and for how long he's doing it. Absolutely exceptional. Against a lot of really strong sides, being in such a good position year after year, it's really impressive.

"If I'd known he doesn't do it [the post-game handshake], I wouldn't have tried it, and then I was waving or whatever and that was really not necessary, I was really not happy about that. We are both emotional and that was my emotion then. But now I know he doesn't want to do it after the game, so no problem.

"In between the two handshakes, it's a very important game for us and I'm much more concerned about that. We want to create a really special atmosphere in a highly emotional game. It's a massive game against a super side, but we're not too bad, either.

"Atletico never, I don't think since Diego is there, played a friendly game so we should not expect that. The situation in the group sets the level as well.

"Atleti will think they need three points, and we want to win the game with all we have. We were so happy last year when we qualified for the Champions League because we knew we would have nights like this. Now, we should celebrate it together with our supporters."

Liverpool are leading Group B after winning three games and suffering only two home losses under Klopp.

One of those losses was in the round of 16 in March 2020 when Atletico Madrid won 3-2 in the quarter-finals.

Klopp is going to be without Naby Keita as he is suffering a hamstring injury, but Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara may come back to strengthen a side that drew the clash 2-2 against Brighton in their last clash.


Naby has a hamstring injury so will be out for a while. Fabinho and Thiago trained completely normally and are in contention, which is very helpful,"

Klopp said.

"We are not perfect, I know that, and we have to defend situations better, that's absolutely clear. But we had so many clean sheets already.

"You can't make these discussions always because of one game. We beat [Manchester] United 5-0 and the world is rosy, and the next moment you draw 2-2 with Brighton and you have massive problems. It's neither.

"The best way of defending would be to keep the ball. That's what we didn't do. I knew before the game we would have problems against Brighton. All teams did before – that's the quality of Brighton. We have to defend generally better, we knew that before and we worked on that, and we had better do it tomorrow night because Atletico is a pretty good football team.

"We have to prepare for a game against one of the best sides in the world and most determined sides in the world."

source: SportMob

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