Jurgen Klopp was furious with Atletico Madrid’s conduct as his side were knocked out of the Champions League two seasons ago, and the Liverpool boss has explained his comments
Jurgen Klopp has explained his initial outburst towards Atletico Madrid in Champions League two seasons ago, as Liverpool prepare to face the Spanish Champions once again.
Liverpool travel to Madrid to face Atletico in the Champions League on Tuesday, and it was the Spanish side that knocked the Reds out of the competition, before football was stopped due to the pandemic.
Klopp was particularly upset with the conduct of Diego Simeone’s side, and felt he had to withdraw Sadio Mane during their first leg defeat as he felt the opposition were targetting the Senegalese winger.
However, the Liverpool boss has now opened up about the incident and supplied context.
Klopp explained during Liverpool’s pre-match press-conference in Madrid: “I think I said this after the second leg, I was angry, disappointed about lots of things, life and we had to focus on football in strange circumstances. They were world class and defended with all they had. That’s why I said it.”
The German’s admission comes after his initial comments made in February 2020, as he said: “It is obviously a part of football that I don’t like.
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“The plan tonight was to get Sadio out of the game with a second yellow card. I was afraid that Sadio’s opponent would go down if he took a deep breath on him or something. I don’t want to have this situation and that is why I took him off.”
Liverpool travel to Madrid with a 100% record in the Champions League this season, and face another reunion with former star striker Luis Suarez, who earned Atleti their first win of the group stage last time out, with a last minute penalty against AC Milan.