In a meeting of two of Europe’s most successful managers, Liverpool visits La Liga winners Atletico Madrid on Tuesday at the Wanda Metropolitano, the site of the club’s Champions League triumph in 2019. Klopp questioned why Atletico Madrid had not played “proper football” in their most recent meeting, in which the Spanish team knocked off then-champions Liverpool in the Champions League last 16 in 2020.
Klopp claims his statements were made out of emotion at the time, with the match being Liverpool’s final before the coronavirus epidemic forced the football calendar to be suspended.
“Diego Simeone is doing absolutely everything right, He is the current Spanish champion. Very successful at [Atletico]. He has a bunch of world-class players, keeps them on their toes, they fight with all they have for their lives.” Klopp said at his pre-match news conference on Monday.
“That says a lot about the quality of Diego so I couldn’t respect more what they do. Do I like it? Not too much but that is normal because I prefer a different kind of football. That’s me. Other coaches prefer different styles of football. Nobody has to like it, it just has to be successful and that is what Atletico is for sure.”
source : skysport