Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been feverishly ratcheting up the mind games ahead of his side’s trip to Liverpool on Monday night.
Mourinho has already been discussing the choice of referee Anthony Taylor – which has has earned him an FA investigation – and has now turned his attention to opposite number Jürgen Klopp.
This will be the first meeting of the two in almost twelve months, when Klopp’s Liverpool took Mourinho’s Chelsea apart 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Klopp is known for his animated nature on the touchline during matches, gesticulating wildly and celebrating feverishly as he manages the team with a high degree of intensity.
Mourinho, however, is not apparently not a fan of this approach, and speaking to the media ahead of the Anfield clash, claimed that his German counterpart’s antics were not something that he would ever do himself.
“I’m on the touchline to try to coach,
“I’m not on the touchline to …”
…at which point he began flailing his arms in a wild motion.
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The topic of Klopp’s demeanour on the touchline, particularly towards match officials, came up when these two men faced each other last season. Mourinho criticised Klopp’s constant badgering of fourth official Lee Mason, and suggested the outcome would have been different if it had been him doing the complaining.
Klopp has brushed that off and said that although not everyone liked his demeanour, he was calming down:
“I have to accept that for a long time in my life not everybody is 100 per cent happy with my performance on the sidelines,
“I would say that I am not as intense as I used to be when I was younger – but sometimes it still happens.
“I’m one also year older. That’s what age in a positive way can do. I don’t know. We will see.”
Fourth official Martin Atkinson could have a busy evening on Monday.