Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s win at Atletico: I don’t care how we won – the dirty ones are the important ones! | Football News


Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win at 10-man Atletico Madrid as “dirty”, but says those types of wins are the most important.

In a classic group-stage encounter, Liverpool were pegged back from 2-0 up by an Antoine Griezmann double, before the Frenchman was sent off and Mo Salah grabbed the winner from the spot.

There was drama late on though as German referee Daniel Siebert awarded 10-man Atletico a spot kick for a Diogo Jota foul on Jose Gimenez, but VAR intervened and after consulting the pitchside monitor, Siebert reversed his decision.

Mo Salah celebrates after scoring from the spot to give Liverpool a 3-2 lead
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Mo Salah celebrates after scoring from the spot to give Liverpool a 3-2 lead

Atletico were unhappy with Siebert for the majority of the evening, in particular for Griezmann’s sending off, after unknowingly catching Roberto Firmino with a high foot.

Klopp was delighted to leave with three points, on a night he aptly described as “dirty”.

“It was a tough game, come on!” he told BT Sport. “Honestly, how you win it, I couldn’t care less! The dirty ones are the really important ones! On a night like this, getting three points is really massive.”

“Our penalty is a penalty. And I think the other one is not a penalty, but I don’t see it very often when they take it back [to the pitchside monitor]. I didn’t expect that, but I think it’s the right decision.

“The red card is for sure unlucky, but it’s still a red card. Boot in the face and stuff like this, we’ve had red cards like this in the past.”

Diogo Jota makes contact with José María Giménez
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Diogo Jota makes contact with Jose Maria Gimenez, but the penalty decision was overturned

The drama didn’t end on full time as Atletico boss Diego Simeone rushed down the tunnel without shaking Klopp’s hands, and though the Liverpool boss said his actions “weren’t right”, he could empathise with the Argentine.

“The situation is clear, I wanted to shake his hand, he didn’t want it,” said Klopp.

“His reaction was for sure not right, mine [waving down the tunnel] was not too cool also, but we are both emotional, so when I see him next time we will shake hands definitely

“He was obviously angry, not with me, but with the game, it’s nothing else.”

Alisson: Klopp a master at team talks

Liverpool players celebrate after taking the lead against Atletico Madrid
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Liverpool players celebrate after taking the lead against Atletico Madrid

Alisson, who was Liverpool’s man of the match, praised Klopp for his half-time team talk with the score at 2-2 and Atletico in the ascendency.

“The boss is a master at saying the right things at the right time. He said the right things at half-time.

“We would have liked to create more chances against 10 men but it’s hard when a team parks the bus.”

What’s next?

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Manchester United in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm.





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