Klopp: Mourinho criticism is bulls***

The Reds boss is preparing to face the Portuguese but feels he has been harshly judged in the opening weeks of the season and is expecting a tough game on Monday night

Jurgen Klopp has described suggestions that Manchester United have had a poor start to the season as “bulls***” as he prepares to face the Red Devils at Anfield on Monday.

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Jose Mourinho’s side come into the game down in seventh place in the table, three points behind Liverpool, having been held by Stoke last time out.

But Klopp has defended Mourinho’s recent record at the club insisting criticism of the Portuguese is completely unjustified.

“It’s bulls***. No, but rubbish. Who says this? He has started badly at United?” he told reporters.

“They won their first [three] games. So now you are giving B grades for winning? I try to play similar football to now with my former team and when we faced Real Madrid it was unbelievably difficult to play them.

“He [Mourinho] knows how successful football works. To like or not like the way he plays, why should he care? Why should he care?

“How can I say who is on the way here and who is on the way there?  If I lose against Manchester United you will stand here and ask me: ‘So..what about your ways..?’ I am of course not interested and absolutely not part of the group that says Jose Mourinho was or has been a good manager.

“He is a competitor. Without knowing him well, I know he will want to win this game.”

“They are Man United and they have the quality and offensive players who are strong and quick and technically good. They have everything you need to play football.

“ In the end a game can change when one team goes in to the lead or something, so we don’t know exactly what they will do but I am sure they won’t come here to defend only.”