Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, Klopp told reporters: “I think if you’re not a journalist or a referee, he can be a nice guy.” (Scroll down this page to see the video).
The cracks are starting to show for Mourinho, who is under significant pressure following a dismal start to the 2015-16 campaign with reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. But Klopp insists that, deep down, the Portuguese coach can be a good bloke.
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Mourinho was, for a long time, the toast of journalists in England - who can forget the time Henry Winter handed the Special One a packet of Custard Cremes - but the relationship between the Chelsea boss and the media hasn’t been quite the same since he returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.
The 52-year-old has been unnecessarily touchy with reporters for the best part of a year now - his appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday last season won’t be forgotten in a hurry - and his mood has deteriorated further as Chelsea’s struggles continue.
Video: Jurgen Klopp on Jose Mourinho
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Mourinho could lose his job this weekend
In many ways, it’s starting to bear similarities to Mourinho’s final season at Real Madrid, when he fell out with just about everyone: the media, his players and even the fans.
Mourinho can be a divisive character and is clearly only happy when things are going his way on the pitch - this is one of his traits that has made him so successful as a football manager.
Speculation is rife, though, that Mourinho could lose his job depending on the outcome of Saturday’s match against Liverpool.
The mild-mannered Klopp won’t want to be the man to hammer the final nail into Mourinho’s coffin - although if it means picking up three precious points in west London…
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