Klopp,Kovac Explain Handshake Row

Honors were even at Anfield as Bayern Munich and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their round of 16 tie in the Champions League.Both Jürgen Klopp and Niko Kovac’s men put forth valiant, respectable efforts, but apparently things got a little heated between the two managers after the final whistle.

Liverpool boss Klopp looked annoyed at his Bayern Munich counter-part and, after wagging a finger at the Croatian, shook hands and walked off as Kovac tried to hold onto his arm.

However, both managers were keen to play down the incident as a misunderstanding in their post-match press conferences.”No, no, no. I wanted to shake Niko’s hand immediately and then he went in the crowd of his players,” said Klopp. “I thought he shakes the whole of Bayern’s hands.

“Then when he came back I said ‘I am waiting’ and he apologised and I said no problem and he wants to apologise again. That’s how it was.”

Kovac took a similar view on the incident but argued managers expect to congratulate their players before seeking out their opponent in Germany and it had merely been a clash of cultures.

“That was funny,” said the Bayern boss. “We were on English soil. In Germany it is normal when games end you shake hands with your players.

“In England, first the coaches shake hands. So I did what I did in Germany, said sorry and made up for it. And in Germany we will do it as we do it in Germany.”

The two managers will meet again in three weeks’ time for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie in Munich.