Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp claims Jose Mourinho’s troubled period at Manchester United will have no bearing ahead of the latest meeting between the two managers. The Tottenham boss takes his side to Anfield with the two teams level on points at the top of the Premier League.
Klopp’s side welcome high-flying Spurs to Merseyside with sides looking to steal a march in the title race.
Exactly two years to the day, Mourinho’s last trip to Anfield saw his Manchester United side go down 3-1 to the Reds, leading to his sacking two days later.
However, Klopp believes that his rival will arrive with a very different mindset, providing a very different challenge this time around.
“I don’t think you can compare the last game with Man Utd with the way they are playing now,” he said ahead of the match.
“In the end it is all about getting the results and that is the best skill of Jose because in the decisive moments he is not bothered about style.
“It is just [about] the result and that makes him the most successful manager around at the moment.”
Following his appointment at Old Trafford in 2016, Mourinho led United to the Europa League and EFL Cup in his first year in charge at the club.
However, despite a second place finish in his second season, the three-time Premier League winner departed after a poor start to the following campaign.
After nearly a year out of work, Mourinho was hired by Tottenham to replace Mauricio Pochettino last November.
Unbeaten since the first day of the season, the club now present a major threat to Liverpool’s title defence.
“I respect him a lot but I don’t compare [with his situation at Manchester United]. Has he reinvented himself? I don’t know,” Klopp added.
“It looks a little bit like when you see him on Instagram!
“Or at least that part of him, but I think he is just so experienced and smart that he knows what he has to do.
“He asked at the beginning for time and I think that has paid off.”
Klopp refused to be drawn on any suggestions of so-called mind games after Mourinho used his own pre-match address to downplay Liverpool’s injury concerns.
He said: “We don’t play each other, it’s not a one-v-one, Jose against Jurgen,”