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Simeone explains why he won’t shake hands with Klopp post-match

Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool
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The Liverpool coach should not expect a traditional post-match handshake from Simeone after their upcoming Champions League battle.

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Diego Simeone did not shake hands with Jurgen Klopp at the end of Atletico’s 3-2 defeat against Liverpool earlier this month.

Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will play again in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, Simeone says he will once again avoid the post-match handshake.

“I don’t like the greeting after the match because they are the emotions of two sides in different emotional minds,” the Argentine said.

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“I know in the UK it is a custom but I don’t share it and I don’t like the falseness it may include.

“I don’t know Klopp as a person very well but I know he is a great coach who has done great work at every club he has been at.”

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp insisted he respects the Argentine.

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“I respect a lot what he’s doing. Absolutely exceptional against a lot of strong sides year after year, really impressive.

“If I’d known he didn’t do it (post-game handshakes), I wouldn’t have gone for it. I expect we will shake hands before the game tomorrow.”

Liverpool are leading the Group B table with nine points from their three matches. The Rojiblancos are second by having a better goal difference than Porto.

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Elsewhere in the group, Porto will travel to Milan to keep their qualification hopes alive.