Jurgen Klopp believes there was an element of kidology at work when Jose Mourinho suggested Liverpool should win a trophy this coming season.
Mourinho, who won two pieces of silverware during his first season as Manchester United manager, this week said Liverpool’s recent investment in players means they must deliver trophies.
The boss labelled Klopp’s change in attitude towards spending big money on marquee players as ‘funny’ but the German insists he is not fazed by Mourinho’s comments.
Asked if Mourinho was playing mind games, Klopp told Sky Sports News: “Yeah, for sure, a little bit but that’s okay.
“But I heard as well that Jose found me funny and one of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile! It doesn’t happen too often and if it happens because of Liverpool – well done!
“I said a few things [in the past]. I cannot really remember what I said but I know what I said about the Pogba transfer.
“I would never talk about Manchester United unless somebody asks me about it but I am polite enough to give an answer if somebody asks me.
“That’s not always the smartest thing to do, and I have absolutely no problem with what Jose Mourinho is saying. It is a free world and he can say whatever he wants.
“If he is happy about our transfers even better, but we know that it does not mean you win automatically whatever.
“Man United has a strong team and they will strengthen that in the next two weeks. They are already strong, the same as Man City and Tottenham.”
I love how Klopp takes a pop at Mourinho for being miserable while he, happy as a pig in sh*t, continues to settle for second best. We must not forget that Klopp has won nothing at Liverpool and has never finished higher than fourth in the league.
If people told it like it was, Mourinho wouldn’t need to…
Jose Mourinho finds it “funny” that Jurgen Klopp has changed his mind about spending big. pic.twitter.com/qTvFsgxcQV
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Of course, United finished last season without a trophy and Mourinho was nailed to the cross. Klopp took Liverpool to the Champions League final, only to finish runners-up.