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Jurgen Klopp Responds To Jose Mourinho’s Early-Season Mind Games

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 25: Coach Jürgen Klopp during the press conference after the game between Liverpool and Manchester City at MetLife Stadium on July 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)

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.”

CARSON, CA - JULY 25: Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between AC Milan and Manchester United at StubHub Center on July 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

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.


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Author: The PA Team

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