Diego Simeone REFUSES to shake Jürgen Klopp’s hand after his side were defeated at Atlético Madrid
Diego Simeone refused to shake Jürgen Klopp’s hand after seeing his Atletico Madrid lose 3-2 to Liverpool in a dramatic Champions League match.
The LaLiga champions saw Antoine Griezmann sent off, given a penalty against them and a penalty of their own overturned in a disappointing evening for Simeone’s side.
After the game, the Argentine boss sprinted straight through the tunnel and refused to shake hands with the Liverpool manager.
Klopp appeared unimpressed, holding out his hand and then giving a sarcastic thumbs-up as Simeone ran through the tunnel, but the German boss was keen to downplay the incident in his interview with BT Sport.
He later reacted furiously to a Spanish broadcaster’s suggestion that he was angry with Simeone’s performance.
Diego Simeone refused to shake Jürgen Klopp’s hand after Atlético Madrid’s 3-2 defeat
The Atletico manager rushed through the tunnel after the final whistle against Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp reacted furiously to suggestions he was angry with Simeone’s actions
The German said: ‘Why was I angry? I’m not such an idiot that you can [ask a] little question here. I wasn’t angry at all.
‘Have a look. I can imagine you want to make a story out of that, but I wanted to shake his hand, huh [Simeone] don’t want it.
‘At that moment I can understand that, he ran inside. He’s emotional, I’m emotional, and you’re not a nice person because you want to make a story out of that.
‘You said I’m angry, when was I angry? Now I’m mad at your question, come on.’
When the interviewer said he was serious, Klopp said ‘yes yes’ before walking away from the interview.
It also comes after Klopp told media on Monday that he was not a fan of the Spanish club’s football style.
BT pundits Peter Crouch and Joleon Lescott punched Simeone after the game for refusing to shake hands with the Liverpool manager.
It was a good night for Liverpool, who took their third win in three Champions League games
Former Liverpool player Crouch said: “I have so much respect for him as manager Simeone, but I just think during the game, the excitement of the crowd, the excitement of the players, I understand but if at the end he doesn’t have a hand shakes, he abandons himself .’
Lescott described Simeone as “close-minded” for his refusal to shake hands.
The ex-Manchester City defender said: ‘I think it’s insignificant. He dealt well with Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match comments yesterday, but he didn’t seem to be dampened by them.
“But I thought it was a bit cowardly not to shake his hand and then run into the tunnel.”
Tuesday’s game was the second clash in a row between the two sides, which turned out to be a dramatic affair.
After their previous encounter, in which Atletico knocked out then-holders Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2020, Klopp wondered why the Spanish side hadn’t played ‘real football’.
Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to level Atletico, but was then sent off for a high boot
Klopp has since explained that his comments at the time were based on emotion, with Liverpool’s game, ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, causing a suspension from the football calendar.
The German did add that he respected Simeone but was not a fan of Atletico’s style of play.
When questioned Monday about Atletico’s style, he replied: ‘Do I like it? Not too much, but I like a different style of football.
“I don’t have to like it, it just has to be successful, but in very difficult times for football clubs they have done an impressive job with signings, have a good team and look to me like the champions in La Liga again.”
Klopp’s comments on Monday came after Simeone’s press conference that day in which he declined to comment on what Klopp said in 2020.
Atlético then conceded a penalty and dropped one of their own on a bad night for Simeone’s side
Joleon Lescott said Simeone was ‘close-minded’ and ‘cowardly’, while Peter Crouch said the manager was ‘letting himself down’
Simeone’s refusal to shake hands with Klopp raises suspicions as to whether the German’s 2020 comments, as well as Atletico’s style on Monday, played a role in his mind, leading to his decision to ignore the Liverpool manager .
Klopp himself downplayed the incident at his post-match conference, comparing it to his reaction following Liverpool’s Champions League departure to Atletico in the 2019-20 season.
He said: ‘The situation is clear, I wanted to shake his hand, he did not want to.
“His reaction was definitely wrong, mine (wave through the tunnel) wasn’t too cool either, but we’re both emotional so next time I see him we’ll definitely shake hands.
“He was clearly angry, not at me, but at the stake, it’s nothing else.”
The drama far exceeded early expectations as Liverpool took a 2-0 lead through goals from Mo Salah and Naby Keita and looked like they would take a comfortable win.
Jurgen Klopp downplayed Simeone’s refusal to shake his hand at his post-match conference
Atletico then geared up with Griezmann taking a brace in the first half to equalize the score, before being sent off after 52 minutes for a high boot on Roberto Firmino.
Atletico held out until Mario Hermoso conceded an awkward penalty for a challenge on Diogo Jota, which led to Salah scoring his second goal and giving Liverpool a 3-2 lead.
Jota then appeared to concede a penalty after a challenge on Jose Maria Gimenez, only for VAR to overturn the decision – the third decision of the evening against Atletico.
Liverpool now top the group with nine points, and a win over Atletico at Anfield in two weeks’ time would be enough to qualify.
The Spanish giants are second in the group on four points with FC Porto taking a 1-0 win over AC Milan.