Rafa Honigstein exclusive: Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho to behave

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It may be the time of year for fireworks, but Rafa Honigstein, BT Sport’s German football expert doesn’t expect to see any when Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

With Chelsea's Mourinho under real pressure after a shocking start to the Premier League campaign and Klopp having only recently taken over Liverpool, both managers will be desperate for the three points.

The pair are two of the biggest characters in English football with Mourinho describing himself as the 'Special One' while Klopp went for the more modest, the 'Normal One.'


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However Honigstein believes that despite the two clubs being rivals, Klopp's personality makes him a hard person to dislike.

"Klopp is the sort of guy who is very easy to get along with and doesn't pick fights unless he absolute has to," Honigstein told GiveMeSport.

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The pair last met in April 2014 when four goals from Robert Lewandowski saw Dortmund record a 4-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Honigstein felt there were no hard feeling between the pair on that day stating that they were "very respectful whenever they have came up against each other in the past."

Mourinho's relationship with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was a particularly frosty one with the pair often playing mind-games in the build-up to matches between the two sides.

The german football expert admitted that you never know how the Mourinho will act come Saturday lunchtime, especially considering the pressure he is currently under.

Mourinho to behave

The former Madrid boss currently has a suspended one match ban hanging over him and was sent to the stand at half-time during Chelsea's defeat to West Ham United last weekend.

"My best guess is that, at the moment, there's not really going to be anything unusual happening on Saturday," said Honigstein.

"But, second guessing Jose Mourinho, and what's going on in his mind right now, is very difficult. Who knows if he wants to pick a fight with Klopp? But I think it will all be fine."

Reports are circulating that a Liverpool win this weekend could see Mourinho lose his job. The battle on the pitch is likely to be as pulsating as the action between the two eccentric managers on the touchline.

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