Jose Mourinho must view Liverpool a major threat this season after he targeted the Merseyside outfit in a press conference earlier this week.
The Manchester United manager believes it’s time journalists and football fans expected Jurgen Klopp’s side to win the Premier League title after spending £254 million on new players this year.
He also had a cheeky pop at Klopp after the German coach changed his tune on comments regarding big clubs’ spending from 2016.
“I’m also happy to smile and to see that, you know, you can change your opinion, and change as a person,” the Portuguese coach told reporters following United’s pre-season victory over AC Milan. “It’s funny.
“Maybe this season finally you demand that they win. You have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.”
Liverpool have never won the title during the Premier League era but remain English football’s second most successful club.
Their last title triumph came in the old First Division back in 1990.
LIVERPOOL ARE SECOND FAVOURITES TO WIN THE TITLE
However, Liverpool’s eye-catching activity in the transfer market means they are currently the second favourites to win the league this season behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Klopp has strengthened his first-choice starting XI this summer with the acquisitions of Alisson Becker from AS Roma (£67 million), Fabinho from AS Monaco (£45 million), Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City (£13 million), and Naby Keita (£54 million) from RB Leipzig.
The German coach also made Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender at £75 million back in January.
The Reds now boast a formidable-looking spine – on paper, at least.
KLOPP RESPONDS IN STYLE TO MOURINHO’S COMMENTS
However, Klopp has produced the perfect response to Mourinho’s comments, laughing them off in style.
“One of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile – it doesn’t happen very often.”
Now that’s how you deal with Mourinho.
“I don’t even think it is a mind game, I think it is normal,” he continued, per the Mirror. “I would never talk about Manchester United if no-one asked me about it.
“I have 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.
“We know it doesn’t mean you win (trophies) automatically.”
He later added at a press conference, per Goal.com’s Neil Jones: “It’s not easy to reach the point (where Mourinho likes talking about you!).
“Jose can say what he wants to say, to be honest. I can do the same, but I’m not too interested in Manchester United. We feel responsible only for our fans.”
Klopp on Mourinho comments.
"It's not easy to reach the point (where Mourinho likes talking about you!). Jose can say what he wants to say, to be honest. I can do the same, but I'm not too interested in Manchester United. We feel responsible only for our fans." #LFC #MUFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 27, 2018
Asked whether he had to win the Premier League this season, Klopp added: “I don’t think so.
“Do I get the sack if not? Depends on the football we play.”
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