The Portuguese coach, who has been under intense pressure himself over the past couple of weeks, says that while he has a good relationship with Klopp, he is angered by the unceremonious manner in which Rodgers was axed.
Mourinho is also perturbed by the reaction to the arrival of Klopp, from the Liverpool supporters to the players themselves.
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“You know, I feel sorry that somebody lost his job. And it is quite sad that football in this moment – even in this country – is happy with it,” the Blues boss revealed in an exclusive interview with the Irish Times.
“I’m not speaking about Jurgen, I’ve a good relationship with him and nothing will change that. I’m speaking about the circumstances that made Brendan [Rodgers] lose his job. I don’t like people being excited that a new manager is coming. I don’t like a player to say: ‘Now, we are going to give extra to prove to the new manager.’ Give to Brendan! Not to the new manager.
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“I don’t like this at all. It’s part of my world I don’t like. My world is changing so much. It’s getting worse.”
Klopp has galvanised Liverpool
Rodgers previously worked under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, but their friendship became strained after the latter returned to the Premier League in the summer of 2013.
Nevertheless, it seems Mourinho is unimpressed with the way in which his former colleague was sacked, just eight matches into the new season.
Whether Fenway Sports Group made the right decision will become apparent in time, but there’s no doubt that Klopp’s arrival has brought the feel-good factor back to Anfield. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was a decent start to the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s tenure with the Reds.
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Klopp will soon come face-to-face with Mourinho, as Liverpool take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 31.
And the German coach will be keen to prove to the Portuguese manager that FSG were right to hire him in place of Rodgers.
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