11 Oct Simeone shows Liverpool boss Klopp is your rival director he admires most
The Atletico Madrid head trainer has commended the German and continues to be impressed with the way he’s adhered to the identical playing style over recent years
Diego Simeone has termed Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp as the trainer that he admires most in world football.
In a meeting with Spanish radio channel Cadena Ser, the Atletico Madrid manager talked about shedding Antione Griezmann into Barcelona and signing Joao Felix, while also singing Klopp’s compliments.
“A trainer I respect? Jurgen Klopp. Without Doubt,” said the Argentine.
“He needed to shed things and win amazing things, but always using the identical style. I visit him near to his players.”
Klopp has reinvigorated Liverpool after their slump from the years before his birth and directed them with their sixth European Cup victory – their moment in the Champions League age – final season.
The prior Dortmund boss had shot the Reds into two European finals before the victory over Tottenham in Madrid, reaching the Europa League final in his first year in which they lost to Sevilla before this 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.
Since Simeone has performed on many events, Klopp has also had to create a team after dropping a crucial player. Philippe Coutinho was marketed to Barcelona in January 2018, but Liverpool appeared as a more powerful unit after the Brazilian’s death since they strengthened other regions of their group.
Atleti, meanwhile, marketed Griezmann to Barcelona in summer, however the 49-year old, that has been with the club for nearly eight decades, says the participant they overlook the most is Lucas Hernandez, who abandoned for Bayern Munich.
“The participant depart this summer which has been the most detrimental to us was of Lucas Hernandez,” he added.
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“He was a child of ours, by the youth program, he was among us just like Saul [Niguez], Koke, Thomas [Partey]… Lucas came together in precisely the exact same time as Thomas, these gamers are significant.”
Atletico Madrid are now third in the Liga table following eight games, three points behind current leaders Barcelona.
Klopp’s Liverpool, meanwhile, have hurried out in front on peak of the Premier League table, together with Manchester City’s 2-0 home loss to Wolves viewing them slide eight points behind their name rivals.