Mourinho on Liverpool: ‘I know what they are’

Date published: Saturday 14th October 2017 11:30

Jose Mourinho refused to give too much away as he prepared to take Manchester United to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.

United have dropped only two points all season and they will face a side that sits in seventh place having struggled for consistency during a start that has seen them lose once and draw three of their seven Premier League matches so far.

Despite the difference in form, many expect Mourinho and United to try and frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s side, as they did during last October’s drab 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The perception is that Mourinho plays a spoiling game at Anfield – a ground where he has lost just once in the league.

“No, when I got to the match I don’t think about it,” he said about his own personal duel with the Reds, which included the Blues all but ending their title hopes.

“I won big matches at Anfield, I lost big matches at Anfield. I left that stadium so happy, I left that stadium so sad.

“Their supporters left that stadium in the direction of the Champions League final, and they left that stadium devastated because they lost a title, almost in the last game.

“This is football, this is the beauty of football and again, I like to play there because everything is good.

“Then, the result can be good or bad, but to play there is great. I did that with Chelsea and I did that once with Manchester United and I hope to play there many times more.”

Mourinho has been studying Jurgen Klopp’s men closely in recent weeks – “I know what they are, I know what they are” – but was unwilling to say there was more pressure on Liverpool than United.

The hosts’ build-up has been thrown off kilter by an injury to star turn Sadio Mane sustained during the international break – a period that saw Marouane Fellaini suffer a knee complaint with Belgium.

Already qualified for the World Cup, Mourinho hinted before the international break that he hoped Roberto Martinez would use him loosely.

“I was surprised (that Fellaini played), yes I was,” the United boss said. “No, not angry.

“I know that I cannot control what happens in the national teams, so I cannot be angry.”

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