Diego Simeone snubs Jurgen Klopp handshake again despite praise from rival boss

Diego Simeone snubbed the tradition of shaking hands with a rival manager following Atletico Madrid's defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League.

The Premier League juggernauts cruised to a 2-0 victory after Felipe was dismissed following goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in the first-half.

Despite missing numerous chances to extend that lead, Liverpool have booked their spot in the knockout stages while reigning La Liga champions Atletico sit third in the group behind Porto.

Following Liverpool's 3-2 win in Madrid last month, Jurgen Klopp was visibly annoyed after seeing Simeone storm down the tunnel as soon as the final whistle was blown.

Klopp said on Wednesday evening of the first clash: "After the game in Madrid, I wasn't happy with my reaction either. Making a mistake is not a problem… learning from it is the target.

"I learn… if he doesn't want to have a handshake, that's no problem.

"I respect pretty much everything in life. But I didn't know in that moment – so that's why I did what I did. And now, everything's calm and how it should be."

While Klopp was not able to put things right with a handshake at Anfield, he was not expecting to be able to do so and no longer feels annoyed by the initial disagreement.

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Simeone had warned: "I explained it after the game, I reiterate it: I don’t like to shake hands after the game; the emotions are different from the coaches.

“I understand that in England, it is used as a gentlemanly way, but I don’t share it because I don’t like falsehoods.

“I can’t talk about Klopp as a person because I don’t know him, but I can talk about the good work he has always done in the teams he has been in.

“I don’t usually give my opinion on how opposing teams play. There are codes, and we coaches have to respect that.”

Liverpool have now won each of their opening four encounters in the group, with Klopp praising the attitude of his team as they booked their place in the next round.

He said: "I can imagine people wanted to see more goals but we created still many chances, we scored a goal that was disallowed, we had incredible chances in front of goal like, 'wow, how could we miss them?'

"So I think the game was nearly perfect, like we want to have it. We scored the goals in the right moments."

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