'Sore loser': Fans fume as Liverpool manager cops post-match snub

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  • Diego Simeone
    Diego Simeone
    Argentine association football player and manager
  • Jürgen Klopp
    German association football player and manager
Jurgen Klopp (pictured right) reacting to Liverpool and (pictured left)  Diego Simeone running down the tunnel after the match.
Jurgen Klopp (pictured right) was fuming after Diego Simeone (pictured left) charged down the tunnel without a handshake after Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. (Images: BT Sport/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has sparked outrage after seemingly running down the tunnel and snubbing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's handshake after a controversial loss.

Liverpool won 3-2 at 10-man Atletico with record-setter Mohamed Salah opening the scoring then maintaining the Reds' perfect record penalty to grab the points.

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The Egypt star becoming the first Reds player to score in nine consecutive games.

Naby Keita made it 2-0 for the visitors, but an Antoine Griezmann double levelled matters by halftime.

This was before the France striker to spoil his night by earning a straight red card for a high foot on Roberto Firmino before the winner.

However, Atletico had a late goal ruled out due to a VAR decision.

Tension was high in the stadium as the referee consulted the monitor and overturned Diego Jota's push on Gimenez.

This obviously had the normally enigmatic Simeone fuming and following the whistle he stormed down the tunnel without acknowledging Klopp.

The Liverpool manager could be seen shaking his hand towards Simeone's direction as he waited for the traditional handshake.

While the pair have always traded barbs ahead of their high-octane matches in the Champions League, this snub appeared to go one step further.

Champions League results

Liverpool's takes them top of the group on nine points, while Atletico are tied second with Porto on four points, with AC Milan languishing in last spot.

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax all recorded convincing wins as the goals flowed in the Champions League.

Man City showed their quality as they dismantled Club Brugge 5-1 in Belgium but a Lionel Messi double kept Paris Saint-Germain top of Group A.

Left-back Joao Cancelo opened the scoring for City on the half hour and Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead with a penalty he won himself before the break.

Simon Mignolet goalkeeper (pictured right) on the floor after Riyad Mahrez (pictured left) celebrates scoring a goal against Club Brugge.
Simon Mignolet goalkeeper (pictured right) floored after Riyad Mahrez (pictured left) scores a goal against Club Brugge. ( Photo by Vincent Kalut / Photo News via Getty Images)

It was then the turn of right back Kyle Walker to claim his first Champions League goal in 39 games in the 53rd minute and midway through the second half youngster Cole Palmer also claimed his maiden goal in Europe's elite competition.

Brugge had enjoyed an impressive campaign so far with a home draw to PSG and brilliant win in Leipzig and Hans Vanaken's alert finish gave them late consolation.

But Mahrez's second immediately quashed any outside hopes of a comeback against last season's beaten finalists

"One of the best performances we have done in Europe, definitely," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said.

City are a point behind PSG, who top the group on seven after Messi's 74th-minute Panenka' penalty got them past Leipzig 3-2.

Messi had equalised after Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele cancelled the opener from Kylian Mbappe, who was brilliant throughout but blazed an injury-time penalty over the bar.

Lionel Messi (pictured left) celebrates his sides second goal with Kylian Mbappe (pictured right) against RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi (pictured left) celebrates his sides second goal with Kylian Mbappe (pictured right) against RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes. (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Moldovan minnows FC Sheriff lost for the first time, 3-1 at Inter Milan who are now third in Group D on four points.

Edin Dzeko, Arturo Vidal and Stefan de Vrij were on target for Inter while Sebastien Thill - scorer of Sheriff's spectacular late winner in Madrid - produced a curling free kick from long range to temporarily draw the visitors level in the 52nd minute.

Sheriff were joined on six points by Real Madrid, who cruised 5-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk with Vinicius Junior bagging a double after an own goal and before strikes from Rodrygo and Karim Benzema.

In Group C, Ajax won the battle of teams with perfect records by crushing Borussia Dortmund 4-0 while Sporting took their first points with a 4-1 win at Besiktas, who have suffered three straight defeats.

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