Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives brutally honest opinion on Atletico Madrid’s style

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained his dislike of Diego Simeone’s style of football he has administered at Atletico Madrid. The Reds will face Atletico this week for the first time since Simeone’s side dumped them out of the Champions League two seasons ago.

In the 2019/20 quarter-finals, Atletico edged the first leg 1-0 in Madrid, where Liverpool had lifted the Champions League the previous season.

Klopp’s side looked set to showcase another European comeback at Anfield in the second leg as Gini Wijnaldum equalised and Roberto Firmino fired the hosts ahead in extra-time.

But Marcos Llorente’s double, followed by Alvaro Morata adding a third, made it 4-2 on aggregate, stunning the reigning champions on Merseyside.

And there has been no love lost between Klopp and the Spanish giants, with the Liverpool boss sharing his objection to Atletico’s style.

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Klopp has admitted he doesn’t like Atletico’s style of football under Simeone but tipped them to retain their La Liga title.

He told reporters: “Do I like it? Not too much, but I like a different style of football.

“I don’t have to like it, it just has to be successful but in very difficult times for football clubs.

“They have done an impressive job with signings, have a proper team and look for me like the champions again in La Liga.

“What I said was for sure influenced by the mood I was in one and a half years ago.”

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Klopp accused Atletico of not playing ‘proper football’ after they knocked Liverpool out of the 19/20 Champions League final eight at Anfield.

He has since reflected on those comments, heaping praise on Simeone and labelling his squad ‘world-class’.

“First and foremost, I said after the second game that I was angry and disappointed about life a little bit,” Klopp explained.

“Things go wrong in the world, and we have to focus on football, and then we played a team full of world-class players who defended with all they have.

“Simeone is doing absolutely everything right. Spanish champions, at Atletico for a very long time and a bunch of world-class players. [He] keeps them on their toes; I respect what they do.”

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Simeone is expecting a tough challenge when Liverpool visit the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

“Liverpool are going through a fantastic spell of football, they seem to have a different rhythm, and it is a pleasure to see them play,” he said.

“They have no fear to leave spaces at the back. They press high, play a high line, have speed. I don’t expect anything other than a team that will make things very difficult for us.

“We need to match their intensity and then look for our own chances. We will try to find ways to hurt them.”

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