Atletico manager Simeone explains handshake snub with Jurgen Klopp after UCL defeat

Liverpool vs Atletico Prediction - Simeone giving no clue to prepared Klopp
Liverpool vs Atletico Prediction - Simeone giving no clue to prepared Klopp

The Argentine manager has opened on his refusal to shake hands with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Atletico Madrid hosted Liverpool in a thrilling Champions League encounter last night however the former fell to a 3-2 defeat.

The Reds added two no goals in no time in the first half, only to be cancelled out by Antoine Griezmann’s double.

The Frenchman’s red card in the second half was the turning point of the game as the visitors got their winning goal through Mohamed Salah from the penalty spot.

Following the defeat, Atletico manager Diego Simeone refused to shake hands with Jurgen Klopp and quickly ran down the tunnel.

Now, the Argentine gaffer has opened up on the incident, stating the act was the result of his anger.

Simeone was clearly frustrated on the sidelines after Atletico’s penalty was overruled by VAR. 

The Atletico boss said: “When I’m angry, I respect the situation. “I have no problem, I just tend to do that when we lose and I’m not happy.”

Klopp also spoke about the incident, stating that he was well aware of Simeone’s frustration because of the defeat and would shake hands with him next time around.

The German manager said: “Yeah I know, just wanted to wind me up, I don’t like that but the situation is clear: I wanted to shake his hand, he didn’t want it.

“His reaction was run, mine [reaction] was not too cool as well but we are both emotional so when I see him next time we will shake hands definitely and nothing happened.”

The Merseyside club’s excellent run in the Champions League continued after last night’s win and they also fancied their chances to progress to the next round. On the other hand, Atletico and Porto are likely to battle for the second spot in the group of death, with AC Milan losing three straight games.