Liverpool and Manchester United have one of the fiercest rivalries in European football but that rivalry has intensified in recent months.
The reason? Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese boss has a troubled history with Liverpool, especially during his first spell at Chelsea.
The Special One clashed with Rafa Benitez’s side on numerous occasions with the two sides being involved in some controversial moments - including Mourinho ‘shushing’ the Liverpool fans during the 2005 League Cup and Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ in the Champions League semi-final in the same year.
In fact, Mourinho has made numerous comments about Liverpool that have angered supporters and it’s fair to say that he’s not exactly welcome at Anfield
While Liverpool vs. United is a pulsating battle by itself, the clash between Mourinho and his opposite number Jurgen Klopp on Monday is set to be very entertaining.
With these two combustible bosses on the touchline in such a big match, it won’t be a surprise to see the pair clashing.
However, while Mourinho has an indifferent relationship with the Liverpool fans, it seems he has a good friendship with Klopp.
Klopp on Mourinho
That’s according to the German manager himself who has revealed exactly what he thinks of the United boss.
“I am full of respect for Mourinho’s work. He is a nice guy,” he said
“Everything is okay between us. I think if you are not a journalist or a referee, he is a nice guy. I’m not one of these, so we have a good talk.”
However, this is Liverpool and Manchester United and Mourinho we’re talking about.
We’re sure Benitez and Mourinho didn’t have a bad word to say about each other before they managed their respective sides. By the end of their spells, they were enemies.
And it just doesn’t sound right for a Liverpool and United manager to have a good relationship, does it? When you consider that the two clubs look set to challenge for the Premier League title this season, we really can’t see their friendship continuing for too much longer.
In fact, earlier this season it seemed as though there could be a little disagreement between the two managers already after Mourinho spent £89 million on Paul Pogba.
Klopp reacted to the Red Devils smashing the world record fee by saying: “Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently.
“I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”
However, Mourinho hit back immediately with: “When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don’t think they ever have this problem because, to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world. So at Man United it can happen.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how Klopp’s relationship with Mourinho develops over the coming years with them in charge of Liverpool and United respectively.