Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

As his dramatic dash to Alisson after Divock Origi's derby victor against Everton shows, he understands local pride and passion, and it will irk him that he's never been able to beat Manchester United in the Premier League.

"I think trophies matter, it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy", Mourinho told reporters.

A few hours later, Klopp was asked about Mourinho's barbed comments. Rarely do you see him smile and he cuts a distant, lonely figure.

Jose Mourinho's side sit 16 points behind rivals Liverpool ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday and have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions. I personally love football and have no problem saying certain things about other teams or coaches.

"I think sometimes to just say is not very intelligent".

But Klopp does not subscribe to the notion that this United side, which went into the weekend 16 points adrift of their north-west neighbours, are in such poor form that they can be rolled over. It's also worth bearing in mind that four of Liverpool's last six home games in all competitions have seen an Under 2.5 Goals bet land.

On the Anfield clash on Sunday, Henderson is sure United will try to react and find another result against their rivals-but the skipper is adamant Liverpool must simply continue to do what they have all season.

United are second best to Liverpool in nearly every department this season - even though there is a significant amount of potential - that is underused (or misused rather?) by Jose Mourinho in the last 6-8 months.

Liverpool fans will no doubt revel in their current superiority, especially if they end an eight-game winless run against United in the league, but Mourinho insisted he is looking forward to the occasion.

"The lads that haven't been playing have been coming in and doing a really good job as well - everybody is fighting for their place and I think that can be really healthy if you use it in the right way".

Riise scored a memorable goal against United during his first season at Liverpool, having moved from Monaco for £4 million in the summer of 2001. "Because I know if I hit the ball hard enough, it's hard for the goalkeeper to react".

"Of course I'm aware of the criticism but when we make the analysis and switch off the sound, it's all quality", said the German.

'That is not the mood you can win football games.

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