Liverpool vs Manchester United: Jurgen Klopp calls Jose Mourinho ‘the most successful manager in the world’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Jose Mourinho as “the most successful manager in the world” ahead this weekend’s Premier League derby.

On Thursday the Manchester United manager insisted that “trophies matter” and said Klopp’s time at Liverpool will be judged on the number of trophies he has won, in a dig aimed at his rival’s lack of silverware since taking charge at Anfield.

Klopp’s has significantly improved Liverpool since taking over in 2015 and his side lead the way in the league table, but he maintains that his opponent in the opposite dugout on Sunday is the better manager.

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“Manchester United never ever show a lack of ambition. Mourinho is the most successful manager in the world and that’s how it is,” he said.

United’s poor start to the season has them eight points below the top four and well shy of challenging for the title, but Klopp is wary of their pedigree despite the mounting criticism of Mourinho.


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“I’ve never been interested in the points of Manchester United,” said the Liverpool manager. “I’m aware of the criticism but we switch off because there’s a lot of quality, speed and technique and they have pretty much everything.

“[David De Gea] in goal. [Marcus] Rashford and [Romelu] Lukaku, [Jesse] Lingard too are unbelievable. We don’t judge the points they have, just the quality.”

Klopp added that “it’s time” to make up for previous results and beat United at Anfield for the first time since Brendan Rodgers’ side won 1-0 in September 2013.

“We have to be angry on Sunday and we will be. We will fight for those points on Sunday. It’s time! I know it will be a very intense game and we will be ready for that.

“If Ferguson says it’s the English clasico, then that’s cool because I was already involved in the German clasico.

“The players talk to each other in the changing rooms and prepare each other. It’s a game the same as any other though – give everything you have to try and win it, historically it is a big game so I’m blessed to hear it called the English clasico.”

Liverpool will be without defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who joined Joe Gomez and Joel Matip on the list of injured defenders after picking up a knock in the Champions League win against Napoli. Alexander-Arnold’s injury will be a blow for Klopp, who may turn to Nathaniel Clyne or youngster Rafael Camacho.

“He was unfortunately injured in past two or three weeks but luckily he’s back in full training for three or four days,” Klopp said of Clyne. “Is he ready for 90mins? I don’t know. But is he ready for Sunday? Yeah.

“Clyne is a very experienced player – it’s not ideal and we won’t rush him. Rafa Camacho played outstandingly in pre-season and Curtis Jones too.

“We have other options and as long as we have options everything is fine. We have to be creative if not but all fine for the moment.”

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