Klopp Slams Defensive Atletico In Audi Cup Loss, Questions Neymar’s Record Transfer Fee Switch To PSG

Klopp Slams Defensive Atletico In Audi Cup Loss, Questions Neymar’s Record Transfer Fee Switch To PSG

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has slammed Atletico Madrid for their defensive approach in their Wednesday's Audi Cup final at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

Atletico edged Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1 to emerge champions of the 2017 edition.


Keidi Bare gave Atletico a first half lead before Roberto Firmino equalised from the penalty spot with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Speaking on the outcome of the game, Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool were the only side looking to play football, stating it was attack versus defence. 

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"Atletico wanted to win the cup," Klopp told Sky Sports. "We did also, but we also wanted to play football, Atletico only wanted to win the cup.

"You could not have a more difficult job against a team like Atletico. They get results and results and results. It was offence against defence. It doesn't make life easy.


"We weren't concentrating for the goal. Second half we did better. We played more football. We deserved the equaliser. One lost challenge on a header shouldn't mean you go behind.

"It was a completely different job to do from the Bayern game. Atletico left the game to us and said 'come on'."

The former Borussia Dortmund boss expressed delight with the progress his team has made in their pre-season games.

"I'm happy with where we're at. We had a lot of sessions to do. We will get the benefits of it during the season."

And commenting on Neymar's impending world-record move from Barcelona to PSG, Klopp said: "I thought FFP was made so things like that couldn't happen. I don't know how that happens."

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