Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho is a nice guy – providing you are not a journalist or a referee.
The Portuguese, already appealing a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for suggesting officials were “afraid” to award his side decisions following the October 3 defeat to Southampton, was this week charged with misconduct after being sent off at West Ham.
Ahead of a huge game for Mourinho, Klopp, who knows the Chelsea boss from Champions League encounters when the pair were in charge at Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, insists his public persona is not a true representation of him as an individual.
“When I was in Germany, sometimes we sent short messages (to each other),” he said.
“From my side, I am full of respect for his work. I think if you are not a journalist or a referee he can be a nice guy, and I am not one of these so we have a good talk.
“I like to meet people and he is a nice guy and he was really full of respect during the game.
“He is emotional, I am emotional but we are full of enough respect after the whistle that normal life starts again and you can talk normally about things that happen and that is what we did.
“Everything is okay with us, no problem.”