Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has shrugged off Jose Mourinho’s suggestion that the Reds have to win the Premier League title this season.
Liverpool have spent roughly £170m this summer in recruiting Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker to Anfield this summer – leading to Mourino’s assertion that the demand on Liverpool to end that near-three decade wait for a league title will be higher than ever before.
Klopp, however, took those comments in his stride. Speaking to Sky Sports from Liverpool’s US pre-season tour, the former Dortmund boss also said, however, that he has no problem with Mourinho talking about Liverpool.
” I heard as well that Jose found me funny and one of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile! It doesn’t happen too often and if it happens because of Liverpool – well done!
“I don’t even think it is a mind game, I think it is normal. I would never talk about Manchester United if no-one asked me about it.
“I have no problem with what Jose Mourinho is saying, it is a free world and he can say whatever he wants. If he is happy about our transfers even better. We know it doesn’t mean you win (trophies) automatically.”
“I don’t think [we have to win the Premier League this season]. Do I get the sack if not? Depends on the football we play.”
The focus at Liverpool now will be on outgoings ahead of the close of the transfer window – the likes of Divock Origi, Simon Mignolet, Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic are all expected to leave before next month’s deadline.
In the more immediate future, Klopp will come up against Mourinho when Liverpool face Manchester United in a pre-season friendly in Michigan on Saturday night.