Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

Javier Howell
December 16, 2018

Liverpool comes off the back of a dramatic Champions League midweek game against Napoli when the Reds beat the Italian outfit to progress to the Round of 16 in the elite tournament.

"But I thought that the situation was not that, and I thought the second position was really a fantastic season by all of us, and that this season was going to be very, very hard, because the teams that were behind us, potentially shouldn't be, and on top of that, they had a great improvement in their teams".

"I think trophies matter, it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy", Mourinho told reporters. With United in sixth place and way off the title pace, the German boss will prefer that his side does the talking on the pitch and will be well aware that a big win would pile further pressure on Mourinho.

On the Anfield clash on Sunday, Henderson is sure United will try to react and find another result against their rivals-but the skipper is adamant Liverpool must simply continue to do what they have all season. This means that Dejan Lovern & Virgil Van Djik are the only fit centre-backs in the side. James Milner is most likely to deputize for Alexander-Arnold at right back against Manchester United.

Joel Matip is one of a few Liverpool players who is battling injury at the moment. Reuters
Joel Matip is one of a few Liverpool players who is battling injury at the moment. Reuters

Home and away they have not beaten United in the last eight league meetings, drawing three and losing five, but Klopp is still relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with their historical rivals.

The Red Devils have lacked a clear attacking philosophy/style of football for half a decade now - but they may be forgiven for once on Sunday - should they approach the game with the kind of ultra-pragmatist football that Mourinho employs in games like these - to avoid a hiding.

Liverpool skipper Henderson refutes those claims, telling the club's website: "We play the way that we play - I don't think it has changed too much". Then Mourinho executed a tactical masterclass with a depleted team as Steven Gerrard slipped, Chelsea won at Anfield and Manchester City became champions. United showed glimpses of their swashbuckling best last week, racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time. Rarely do you see him smile and he cuts a distant, lonely figure.

Klopp's men are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League and head into the encounter as strong favourites, owing to their impressive start to the new season. Yet the manager has said that Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young are all set to start at Anfield. "It was in the last seconds of the game".

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