Simeone explains Klopp handshake snub

UEFA Champions League

Diego Simeone has explained why he refused to shake Jurgen Klopp's hand following Atletico Madrid's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. 

In a match that was full of tension, goals and a red card, it was Mohamed Salah who once again led his team to victory as he scored the decisive brace.  

Midfielder Naby Keita also got on the scoresheet for the Reds, while Antoine Griezmann netted twice for the home side before he received a straight red card in the 52nd minute for a dangerous high boot.   

Scroll through the gallery above to see Liverpool and Atletico in action on Tuesday night

The result saw Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of Group B, but it was Simeone's behaviour at full-time that dominated post-game discussions.  

As the whistle blew, the Argentine tactician ran straight down the tunnel, seemingly snubbing a handshake from Klopp in the process. 

During a post-match press conference, Simeone attempted to brush off the incident.

"I don't always greet (the other manager) after the game because I don't like it," he told reporters, per the Metro. 

"It's not healthy for either the winner or the loser. I think of it that way. 

"But now, when I see him, I’ll greet him without a problem." 

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Klopp was also quizzed about the non-handshake, and defended his counterpart's actions by insisting that football is an emotional game. 

"I wasn't angry," the German manager told a journalist after the match, per Fox Sports. 

"I want to shake his hand, he doesn't want it. In that moment, I can understand that he was running inside.  

"He's emotional, I'm emotional, and you are not a nice person because you want to make a story of that." 

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