Jose Mourinho has hit back at Luis Suarez's references to Chelsea's tactics during last season's crucial Premier League clash with Liverpool in his new autobiography, saying that he would never write "a book to tell s**t and to criticise people and to speak negative things".
Within the pages of 'Crossing the Line', Suarez recalls questioning an unnamed Blues player over the visitors' perceived time-wasting from the start of last season's encounter at Anfield, only for his opponent to reply: "What do you want me to do? If [Mourinho] makes us play like this, I have to play like this. What else can I do? If I don't, I won't play. What would you do?"
But Mourinho, who recently suggested that Roy Keane's public criticism of him was motivated by the desire to sell books, was unmoved when presented with Suarez's latest revelation.
"Another book," a shrugging Mourinho remarked to reporters. "Books ... Do you read these books? I don't. At 51, I might have enough stories to write one but when you are 25? Do you write a book about when you were a kid? I don't think I will [do a book].
"I have an invitation to do a picture book, just with 100 photographs I'd choose of my career, and I'd just make a little comment on every picture. A memory book but not a book to tell s**t and to criticise people and to speak negative things about people who belong to my career."
Chelsea return to Anfield on Saturday as unbeaten Premier League leaders and Mourinho expects Liverpool to attack his side from the outset again.
"I expect a game where Liverpool know that, if they lose, they are 15 points behind," he added. "If they are 15 points behind in November, obviously it's not over for them but it's difficult. If they win, nine points behind is different to 15. It's a very good motivation for them so I expect them to try and win.
"As for us, we knew in the first 11 matches we would have to go to Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, so we knew for sure we'd have the most difficult fixtures of every team. The fixtures were very, very difficult. If, after 11 matches, we had been in a mid-table position because we had lost three matches, it would have been something normal, very acceptable.
"When we leave Anfield, we will have left behind three of the most difficult stadiums to play in all season. The points we are getting against the other contenders – one here, one there, three here, three there – are important points."