Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp FELL after being treated “like an idiot” by journalist
An enraged Jurgen Klopp came out of his post-match interview after the Liverpool boss claimed he was being treated “like an idiot” by a “nasty” Spanish journalist, who accused him of being ” very angry âat Diego Simeone refusing to shake his hand on Tuesday.
Simeone snubbed Klopp’s offer of a full-time whistle-blowing handshake while running straight through the tunnel after seeing his Atletico Madrid side lose 3-2 in a dramatic League game champions.
Klopp didn’t seem impressed, reaching out and then giving a sarcastic nudge as Simeone ran into the tunnel before shaking hands with Argentinian players and backroom staff.
However, while carrying out his post-match media duties, a reporter managed to get under the Liverpool boss’s skin by suggesting he was “very angry” at Simeone’s snub.
Klopp took offense, insisting that he was not at all angry and that the interviewer was trying to “make a fuss of it” before running away and refusing to respond to others. Questions.
Jurgen Klopp reacted with fury to suggestions he was angry with Simeone’s actions
Diego Simeone refused to shake hands with Klopp after Atletico Madrid 3-2 loss
Atletico manager quickly rushed through the tunnel after the final whistle against Liverpool
The German said: âWhy was I angry? I’m not that foolish that you can [ask a] little question here. I wasn’t angry at all.
‘Looked. I guess you wanna make a fuss, but I wanted to shake his hand, he [Simeone] does not want it.
âAt that point, I can understand that, he was running inside. He’s emotional, I’m emotional, and you’re not a nice person because you want to make a fuss out of him.
“You said I’m angry, when was I angry?” Now I’m angry with your question, come on.
When the interviewer said he was serious, Klopp said “yeah yeah” before walking away from the interview.
Having refused to shake hands with Klopp after the action-packed match, Simeone sought to play down the incident by saying the gesture “is not healthy for either winner or loser.”
“I don’t always greet (the other manager) after the game because I don’t like him,” Simeone told reporters when asked about the incident at his post-game press conference.
âIt’s not healthy for the winner or the loser. I think of it this way.
“But now, when I see him, I’ll greet him no problem.”
It also comes after Klopp told media on Monday that he is not a fan of the Spanish club’s football style.
BT pundits Peter Crouch and Joleon Lescott hit Simeone after the game for his refusal to shake hands with the Liverpool manager.
It was a good night for Liverpool who claimed their third victory in three Champions League games
Former Liverpool player Crouch said: “I respect him so much as manager Simeone but I just think during the game, wrapping the crowd, wrapping the players, I understand that, but then not shaking hands with the end, he lets himself fall. ‘
Lescott described Simeone as “mean” for his refusal to shake hands.
The ex-Manchester City defender said: “I think it’s petty. He did well yesterday in regards to Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match remarks but he didn’t seem to be in sync with it .
“But then not to shake his hand and then run down the tunnel was a bit cowardly in my opinion.”
Tuesday’s game was the second consecutive clash between the two teams, which turned out to be a dramatic affair.
After their previous meeting in which Atletico knocked out then defending champion Liverpool in the 2020 Champions League round of 16, Klopp wondered why the Spanish side hadn’t played for ” good football “.
Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to reach Atletico level but was later sent off for a high boot
Klopp has since explained that his comments were based on emotion at the time, with Liverpool’s last game before the coronavirus pandemic causing a suspension of the football schedule.
The German, however, added that he respects Simeone but is not a fan of Atletico’s style of play.
Asked Monday about the style of Atletico, he replied: “Do I like it? Not too much but I like a different style of football.
“I don’t have to like it, you just have to be successful but in very difficult times for football clubs they have done an awesome job with signings, have a good team and are looking for me as the champions again. of La Liga. “
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.
Atletico then awarded a penalty and one of theirs was called off on a bad night for Simeone’s side
Joleon Lescott (left) said Simeone was ‘mean’ and ‘cowardly’ while Peter Crouch (right) said the manager ‘let himself down’
Simeone’s refusal to shake Klopp’s hand raises suspicion whether the German’s comments in 2020, as well as Atletico’s style on Monday, played a role in his mind that led to his decision to ignore the Liverpool boss.
Klopp himself played down the incident in his post-match conference, comparing it to his reaction after Liverpool’s Champions League exit against Atletico in the 2019-20 season.
He said: âThe situation is clear, I wanted to shake his hand, he didn’t want to.
“His reaction was definitely not the right one, mine (waving in the tunnel) wasn’t too cool either, but we’re both emotional so when I see him next time we’ll shake hands.” definitively.
“He was obviously angry, not at me, but with the game it’s nothing else.”
The drama far exceeded initial expectations, as Liverpool took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mo Salah and Naby Keita and looked set for a comfortable victory.
Klopp played down Simeone’s refusal to shake his hand in his post-match conference
Atletico then moved up a gear with Griezmann conceding 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 their own until Mario Hermoso awarded an awkward penalty for a challenge on Diogo Jota, which led to Salah scoring his second goal to give Liverpool a 3-2 lead.
Jota then appeared to give a penalty after a challenge against Jose Maria Gimenez only for VAR to overturn the decision – the third decision of the night against Atletico.
Liverpool now lead the group with nine points, and a win over Atletico at Anfield in two weeks would be enough to see them advance.
The Spanish giants sit second in the group with four points with FC Porto claiming a 1-0 victory over AC Milan.