Diego Simeone slammed by Peter Crouch and Joleon Lescott for snubbing handshake with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp


Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand at full-time (Picture: Getty)

Peter Crouch and Joleon Lescott blasted Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone for refusing to shake hands with Jurgen Klopp after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.

Liverpool got off to a blistering start on a night of high drama at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita scoring to give the visitors a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes.

Atleti drew level in the Group B clash thanks to a quickfire brace from Antoine Griezmann, but the Frenchman was sent off for a high foot on Roberto Firmino shortly after half-time which swung the momentum back in Liverpool’s favour.

The pressure soon told as Mario Hermoso floored Diogo Jota with a clumsy foul inside the box in the 78th minute and Salah stepped up to score his second of the evening, securing the Reds a massively important win.

The result saw Liverpool go five points clear of the La Liga champions at the top of the group.

However, Simeone’s behaviour at full-time was the hot topic of conversation in the BT Sport studio shortly after the final whistle.

The victory sent Liverpool five points clear of Atleti in Group B (Picture: Getty)

Pundits Crouch and Lescott were flabbergasted the Argentine sprinted straight down the tunnel instead of showing respect for his rival manager with a traditional handshake.

‘You’re so caught up in the game that you forget the VAR moments, the penalties, the sendings off, all the goals we had,’ ex-Liverpool and England striker Crouch said.

‘There was so much drama and not even a handshake at the end of it!

‘I’ve got to respect him so much as a manager, Simeone, but I just think during the game, winding the crowd up, winding the players up, I understand it.

‘But then not shaking hands at the end, I just think he lets himself down.’

Simeone may have been angered by Klopp’s comments in the build-up to the match – with the German admitting he did not like his counterpart’s style of play – but Lescott felt there were no excuses for his behaviour.

‘I’m the same, I think it’s petty,’ the ex-Manchester City defender said.

‘I think he handled himself well yesterday with regards to the remarks Jurgen Klopp made before the game – he didn’t seem phased by it.

‘But then to not shake his hand and run off up the tunnel, it was cowardly in my opinion.’

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