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Klopp supports Mourinho from criticism

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Te Liverpool boss is getting ready to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and in a press conference he supports Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho’s side come into the game down in seventh place in the table, three points behind Liverpool, having been held by Stoke last time out.

But Klopp has defended Mourinho’s recent record at the club insisting criticism of the Portuguese is completely unjustified.

“It’s bulls***. No, but rubbish. Who says this? He has started badly at United?” he told reporters.

“They won their first [three] games. So now you are giving B grades for winning? I try to play similar football to now with my former team and when we faced Real Madrid it was unbelievably difficult to play them.

Klopp supports Mourinho from criticism

“He [Mourinho] knows how successful football works. To like or not like the way he plays, why should he care? Why should he care?

“How can I say who is on the way here and who is on the way there? If I lose against Manchester United you will stand here and ask me: ‘So..what about your ways..?’ I am of course not interested and absolutely not part of the group that says Jose Mourinho was or has been a good manager.

“He is a competitor. Without knowing him well, I know he will want to win this game.”

“They are Man United and they have the quality and offensive players who are strong and quick and technically good. They have everything you need to play football.

“ In the end a game can change when one team goes in to the lead or something, so we don’t know exactly what they will do but I am sure they won’t come here to defend only.”

The old enemies will do battle at Anfield from 8pm, with Jurgen Klopp going head-to-head with Jose Mourinho for the first time in the English top flight.

The two fierce rivals clash at Anfield on Monday, with seventh-placed United three points and three places back from Liverpool after an inconsistent start to their campaign under the Portuguese.

The Reds meanwhile have impressed so far in what is Jurgen Klopp’s first full season in charge, prompting United great Scholes to grudgingly endorse the Red Devils’ arch-rivals.

Klopp supports Mourinho from criticism

United have spent big to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also arriving at Old Trafford.

Long-term injury victim Phil Jones is missing for Jose Mourinho to take on Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Reds, while Luke Shaw is not expected to have returned to full fitness in time. Following a number of high-profile changes already this term, the Portuguese has some more big calls to make before the Anfield clash.

Wayne Rooney’s recent exclusion has led to United displaying a higher tempo in the 4-1 victory over Leicester City and the 1-1 one-sided draw with Stoke City, with Juan Mata revelling in the central role. And after the club captain was also left out by Gareth Southgate for England’s trip to Slovenia in midweek, Mourinho could decide to prolong Rooney’s stay on the bench.

However, there could be a recall for Anthony Martial following his goalscoring substitute display against Stoke, although Henrikh Mkhitaryan is available following a thigh problem.

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If Martial and Mkhitaryan are in serious contention for starting berths, then Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard could find themselves under pressure for a place. Ander Herrera, however, should get the nod once more alongside Paul Pogba at the heart of midfield following a couple of high-impact performances since his recall.

Mourinho, though, will want to look closely at his players’ fitness levels following the break, with Antonio Valencia among those returning from long journeys to represent their nations.

But as long as he is happy that everyone bar Jones is ready for the encounter with their historical rivals, he won’t veer too far from the side which has impressed in recent weeks following a mid-September slump which saw United fall off the Premier League.