Jurgen Klopp ‘Not Happy’ With Reaction as Diego Simeone Refuses Handshake After Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid UCL Game

Published 10/20/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
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Most elite soccer coaches are known for teams with high technical ability and complex tactical systems. While he certainly has exceptional tactical prowess, Diego Simeone carries a whole different persona, and he has instilled that passionate spirit in Atletico Madrid for the last 10 years. He just hates to lose. After Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid 3-2 in yesterday’s Champions League match, Simeone jogged off the pitch and snubbed the customary post-game handshake. Although Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy at the start, he later denied any rifts between the two talented managers.

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Significantly, he did not make a meal out of the problem and moved on.

 

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Jurgen Klopp breaks the ice on Diego Simeone handshake snub

In the post-match interview, Klopp explained his reasons for feeling angry at being denied a handshake. But, emotions were running high, and he acknowledged the experience that both managers had.

“The situation with Diego I have to say that’s, okay. I want to shake his hand; he was running off. So I could have just turned around and you know, I was standing there. So I was as emotional as he was and I don’t think he did anything wrong and I’m not overly happy with my reaction, to be honest, but that’s not too bad as well.”

“When we see each other next time, we will definitely shake hands,” said Klopp.

The game was decided by a number of crucial decisions by the referee. Antoine Griezmann’s red card proved to be the difference in the match’s outcome. But Simeone reiterated Klopp by saying there were no problems.

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Simeone downplays the rift

After the match, Simeone sat down with the reporters claiming he always runs away after a game irrespective of whether they lost or won.

“I always go without shaking hands at the end of the game,” said Simeone.

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The game saw Mohammad Salah score a deflected goal at the start while Naby Keita increased the lead with a ferocious volley. After Liverpool took the lead, Griezmann leveled the scores to 2-2 with a brace but was sent off, which reduced Atleti to 10 men. Thus, Salah once again stepped up to score a penalty to give Liverpool a sensational victory. Moreover, Atletico were denied a late penalty, which angered Simeone.

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Thus, emotions were running high as both managers went through a roller-coaster of a match. Although this unfortunate incident happened, fans expect both of them to shake hands when the two sides meet in Anfield.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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