Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp seems not to be fussed by the way his club played against Atletico Madrid, although stressing the fact that it was a tough game, however that what matters is that a deserving result was recorded.
They were initially leading, however all of a sudden they surrendered their two goals lead to Griezmann’s brace. They later got back and won the game through a spot kick in a box by Mohammed Salah.
“It was a tough game, we expected that,” Klopp told BT Sport. “We did surprisingly well in the beginning I would say, we didn’t expect [Atletico] to be that defensive.
“It was 5-3-2 but the two strikers were involved in the defending and the other eight players defended the centre really well. It was not too easy.
“We scored two wonderful goals, we played really good football. But then it was 2-0 and Atletico are obviously not that bothered about not having possession, so we give the first goal away – we can definitely defend that better. Second goal was nice play but we had gaps.
“Then we get into half-time, 2-2, I think everyone in the stadium thinks this is going in one direction. But we thought we’d give it a proper try again and played a solid second half in an intense game for both teams. We get a penalty, [Antoine Griezmann receives a] red card, and then obviously it’s in our favour.”
The manager, although having emotionally witnessed a fire brazen match, wasn’t perturbed about how his boys played, considering the fact that they got the job done.
“It was a tough game, honestly how we win it I couldn’t care less,” Klopp sighed. “The dirty wins are the really important ones. When we are flying we get the wins anyway, but on a night like this the wins are really massive.”he said.
He also reflected on Diego Simone snubbing his handshake at the end of the match, pointing towards the direction that the Spanish club Manager is frustrated over the referee decision on a penalty towards the end of the game and nothing more to it.
“We don’t like that, but yes, the situation is clear,” Klopp told BT Sport after the game. “I want to shake his hand. His reaction for sure, like mine, was not so cool.
“The next time we see each other we will definitely shake hands. It’s nothing. He was obviously angry, not with me but with the game. There is nothing else.” he concluded