Jose Mourinho has begun this season’s mind games early by stating that Liverpool need to win the Premier League title this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have spent around £165m in bringing Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson to Anfield, significantly strengthening the squad but also increasing the pressure on Klopp to deliver silverware.
Speaking after Man United’s penalty shooutout victory over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup, Mourinho said that although Liverpool have done very well in the market this summer, the demand for success is now impossible to avoid.
He also had a few words to say on Klopp’s about-turn in his attitude towards spending vast sums of money:
“The problem is you have to invest well and honestly I think they did very well, because every player they bought are quality players. I’m happy for them.
“And I’m also happy to smile [about Klopp’s reversal] and to see that, you know, you can change your opinion and change as a person, it’s funny.
“That’s okay, but maybe this season finally you demand that they win. I think you have to be fair and now you have to demand [the title].
“You have to say the team, with the investments not just this season, last season, that you made in January, that you make now, because that will probably be the record for the Premier League this season, I can’t see anyone else getting close to spending what they have.
“A team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate, you have to win.”
Man United have spent around £70m so far this summer on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, but it has been strongly reported that Mourinho is looking to add at least two more players to his squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks.
Mourinho and Klopp will come face to face this weekend when Man United face Liverpool in Michigan on Saturday night.