Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, said he does not understand that the Atlético de Madrid play the way you play with the quality they have.

“I am very happy with the performance. It is very difficult to play against a team like that,” said the German after losing to Atlético. “I don’t understand that with the quality they have, they play the soccer they play. They could play good soccer, but they prefer to stay behind and counterattack,” he told the British chain BT Sport.

“We accept it, of course. I realize that I’m a bad loser, especially since the guys have put forth a lot of effort against world-class players, who defend with two lines of four.”

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Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of Atlético de Madridhe replied to Jürgen Klopp, who said he does not understand why Atlético plays like this, and said that they play “to win.”

“To win,” said the Argentine. “We played with our weapons and to win, exploiting the defects of the rivals,” he clarified after eliminating Liverpool 2-3 at Anfield.

“The rival is one of the best we have had to face in recent years. The game was to break the line that they mark so well behind, we had one in the first minute, and from there they began to sustain the game, with many occasions on the sides, “Simeone explained.