I Don’t Like Jurgen Klopp-Says Jose Mourinho

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says that he is “not a friend” of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of his side’s clash with the Reds on Thursday night, but admits he has great respect for the German.

Two of world football’s most decorated and highly-rated managers go head-to-head in a match that would see the victor move into the top four ahead of West Ham, with Spurs boasting an additional game in hand over their fellow European hopefuls.

“What I can say is when I didn’t behave well I paid the price,” he said. “And I paid the price in two ways: one was to see matches on Television in the dressing room and another price was big-money fines and I feel that, for some of the other guys, it doesn’t happen the same.

“It doesn’t happen the same with them.”

Following those comments, Mourinho went on to admit his respect for his Premier League and Champions League-winning counterpart, although he added that the pair do not share a friendship due to the brief nature of their meetings to date.

“I’m not a friend of Jurgen because I never had time with Jurgen,” 58-year-old Mourinho told the press. “When you know the person well you can say, ‘I like him, he’s my friend’ or ‘I don’t like him, he’s not my friend’.

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“With Jurgen it’s five minutes before a match and five minutes after a match. What I can say about Jurgen is that he’s a colleague that I respect, that I don’t have any problem with.

“And I believe that he is the same way with me. No problems at all.”

Spurs and Liverpool are separated by a solitary point in England’s top flight, with there only eight points between first-placed Manchester City and sixth-placed Tottenham.

Jose mourinho has won just two of his 12 matches against Jurgen Klopp.



Liverpool are on a run of six successive victories against Tottenham in all competitions and have lost only once in the past 18 meetings.

They could win six consecutive top-flight matches against Spurs for the first time.

This is the first time Tottenham and Liverpool have met on a Thursday in the top flight. Liverpool have beaten Spurs on every other day of the week.

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Tottenham are unbeaten in their past eight fixtures, half of which have come in cup competitions (W6, D2).

Spurs have 33 points after 18 league matches, four more than at the halfway stage of last season.

They have led for a league-high 850 minutes this season, and have not lost any of the 12 league games in which they scored first (W7, D5).

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane have both scored 12 league goals for Tottenham this season. None of their team-mates has scored more than three.

Nine of Son’s 12 Premier League goals have been set up by Kane – a 10th assist would set a new competition record.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all six of his Premier League home matches as a manager against the reigning champions (W4, D2), winning the last three.


Liverpool’s solitary victory in their past seven games came in the FA Cup against a youthful Villa team comprised entirely of debutants.

The Reds are yet to score a league goal in 2021, having failed to find the net in their last four top-flight matches.

Liverpool have won just one of their eight most recent Premier League away games (D5, L2).

They are in danger of losing consecutive Premier League fixtures for the first time since 2015 under Brendan Rodgers.

Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s 13-goal leading scorer this season but he has gone five top-flight appearances without adding to his tally.

Roberto Firmino has scored in four of his past five Premier League matches against Spurs, scoring the winner in three of those games.


Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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