Jurgen Klopp cools tensions with Diego Simeone over handshake stunts


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he has no problem with Atletico Madrid’s counterpart Diego Simeone after the pair did not shake hands after Wednesday’s match.

Simeone’s decision to sprint down the tunnel and let Klopp hang during the first meeting between these two sides last month caused a lot of controversy, and all eyes were on whether the couple would shake hands for the second time.

However, between the two matches, Simeone (via The Athletic) revealed that he does not agree to shake hands after any match and that he did not plan to spoil Britain’s “custom” by greeting Klopp after the match, and that was exactly what went down.

Simeone claimed that his actions were not a sign of disrespect for Klopp, and after the final signal, the Liverpool manager confirmed that he had not taken it as such.

“There are absolutely no problems at all,” he told his post-match press conference. “I know Diego does not like this kind of thing and I am not the biggest handshake on the planet and I want to annoy people with my handshake.

“He does not like it and I did not go over, but it does not change my respect for him and the work he does.”

Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in the first half were enough to fire Liverpool to a 2-0 victory, and the Senegal forward was also involved in another moment of controversy during the first 45 when he was sent off by Atletico’s midfielder Felipe, who was surprisingly shown a straight red card for what appeared to be a rather harmless challenge.

Felipe cynically stumbled Mane on the counter and most expected to see him get a yellow card, but after refusing to go over to the referee to receive his penalty, the Brazilian surprisingly got a straight red, with some believing that his dissent may have given him an early bath,

A controversial red card at Anfield! ?

Felipe gets his marching orders for this deliberate trip on Sadio Mane …? #UCL pic.twitter.com/9xqrALqYdr

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 3, 2021

“So, I did not see from the beginning that it was a red card,” Klopp admitted. – For me, it was a yellow card.

“And I saw it back and then you see that the foot is high and hits his Achilles, so it’s a decision [of] the judge. I think the law is a red card.

“So I want the other team to go down one man? No, not at all. I think we were the better side already against 11 but with an intensive game schedule that we have, I think it is very important that you control the match after a lot, and we did. “

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