Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he admired Liverpool opposite number Rafael Benitez after shaking hands with him at the weekend in a gesture that brought to an end their feud.
the relationship with the pair has soured in recent weeks and much had been made of Mourinho’s refusal to shake hands with Benitez.
Mourinho said: “I would have preferred to do it in the tunnel where we could also have shared a few words but we didn’t have the chance. He wasn’t happy like I wasn’t happy with the previous period and now it’s over.
“We don’t have to be close friends. We don’t have the time to be close friends and we are two different sides fighting for the same objective.
“But we have a relationship of respect. I admire his qualities as a coach and I’m happy we shook hands.”
Benitez, athough disappointed at seeing his side suffer successive Premiership defeats, said: “We didn’t have passionate problems. It was a question of education. We needed to shake hands and give this message to the people.”