'You're not a nice person' - Watch Klopp cut interview short over Simeone handshake question as journalist laughs at Liverpool boss
An irritated Jurgen Klopp cut short an interview in the wake of Liverpool's 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, believing that a journalist was trying to put words in his mouth.
Diego Simeone caused some controversy after the Champions League encounter, running down the tunnel directly after full-time and snubbing a post-match handshake with Klopp as a result.
The German made it clear that he was unperturbed by the Argentine's actions due to the heat of the moment, but one interviewer seemingly would not let the issue go.
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What has been said?
Asked why he was so angry after the match despite securing three points against a dogged Atleti side, Klopp replied: “Why was I angry? I am not such an idiot that you can [ask a] little question here. I was not angry at all.
“Have a look. You want to make a story out of that, I can imagine. I wanted to shake his hand, he doesn't want it.
“In that moment I can understand that, he was running inside. He’s emotional, I’m emotional, and you are not a nice person because you want to make a story out of that.
“You said I’m angry, when was I angry? Now I am angry because of your question, come on.”
Refusing to drop the issue, the interviewer insisted his question was serious, to which Klopp replied: “Yeah, yeah.”
As the Reds boss stormed off, the journalist let out a laugh.
No bad blood
Simeone defended his actions to the press, insisting it was nothing personal. He said: “I never shake hands after a match, because I don’t like it. It isn’t healthy for either the one who wins or the one who loses. That’s the way I see it.
“But now when I see him I will shake his hand without problem.”
Klopp was largely in agreement with his opposite number, stating: “The next time we see each other we will definitely shake hands. It's nothing. He was obviously angry, not with me but with the game. There is nothing else.”