Robertson explains how Liverpool reacted to Diego Simeone’s touchline theatrics

The Reds ran out 3-2 winners over Atletico Madrid in a fiery Champions League group stage clash at the Wanda Metropolitano, which ended with Simeone storming off at full-time

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‘Three dirty points’ satisfy Klopp as Liverpool beat Atleti

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says the Reds weren’t fazed by Diego Simeone’s constant whipping up of the crowd during Tuesday’s eventful Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

The Reds ran out 3-2 winners over the La Liga champions at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where they roared into a two-goal lead early on before being pegged back by an Antoine Griezmann double.

A red card for the France World Cup winner early in the second half allowed Liverpool to re-establish control, and they took the lead again through Mohamed Salah’s second of the night and 12th goal of the season – this time from the penalty spot.

Atletico later saw their own penalty denied by a VAR overturn, and that decision was seemingly one of the reasons why an angry Simeone stormed down the tunnel at full-time and refused to shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand.

Simeone was gesturing to the crowd throughout the game


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Robertson was pleased with the way the Reds handled the occasion, and hailed their professionalism in doing so.

“Luckily our squad is really experienced now, we’ve been to some really touch places in Europe and in the Premier League and been able to cope with that (Simeone’s theatrics),” he told LFCTV.

“In the second half you saw that, especially when we took the lead and penalty for them wasn’t given. I think in the last 10 minutes we’ve seen the game out really, really well when they were trying to push, and get close to the ball.

“They were trying to create that one last chance and we didn’t allow it.

“I think that comes down to us being together for so long, and to us being a wee bit older and wiser than we once were, and that showed tonight.

“That’s why we managed to see it out once we took the lead.”

Klopp admitted he had been a little “wound up” by Simeone’s actions after the match, but defended the Atletico boss.



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“Yeah I know, just wanted to wind me up, I don’t like that but the situation is clear: I wanted to shake his hand, he didn’t want it,” he said.

“His reaction was run, mine [reaction] was not too cool as well but we are both emotional so when I see him next time we will shake hands definitely and nothing happened.

“He was obviously angry with me, the game, the world, stuff like this, it’s nothing else.”

On the incident, Simeone said: “When I’m angry, I respect the situation.

“I have no problem, I just tend to do that when we lose and I’m not happy.”

The win furthers Liverpool lead at the top of their Champions League group, with the Reds having won all three of their matches.

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