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Mourinho talks up Liverpool | "1,894 days of work with Jurgen"

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho attempted to talk up Liverpool ahead of the Premier League c...

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

16:45 15 Dec 2020



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Mourinho talks up Liverpool | "1,894 days of work with Jurgen"

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

16:45 15 Dec 2020

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho attempted to talk up Liverpool ahead of the Premier League clash of the two sides with some odd data.

The two clubs currently occupy the top two berths in the table ahead of Tuesday night's match between Wolves and Chelsea, who could reach the summit with a win at Molineux.

The Tottenham manager believes that his opposite number Jurgen Klopp has the upper hand in their tie due to the fact that he has been in his job for a lot longer and the Portuguese had the figures to prove it.

"Liverpool is the result of, if I'm not wrong, one-thousand-eight-hundred-and-ninety-four days of work with Jurgen," said Mourinho, with a very straight face.

"We are the result of a work of three-hundred-and-ninety days but these three-hundred-and-ninety days are fake because lots of these days were not even days of work. They were days of quarantine, they were days of being at home unable to work.

"So from almost two-thousand to three-hundred, for us to be able to compete at the level we are doing, I can only give credit to the players and be very, very happy with what they are doing."

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson (left) and manager Jurgen Klopp shake hands after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Klopp has been quite vocal this season with regard to match scheduling and the pressure that he feels it has put on his players, a number of whom are injured and will miss tomorrow night's hugely-anticipated game at Anfield.

Defender Joel Matip is a doubt for the fixture and while Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara are absent, Mourinho feels the champions are not severely weekend ahead of his team's trip to Merseyside.

"I think Alisson is not injured. [Trent] Alexander-Arnold is not injured. Matip, I believe that he is going to play," began Mourinho.

"Fabinho is not injured. [Andrew] Robertson is not injured. [Jordan] Henderson is not injured. [Georginio] Wijnaldum is not injured. [Mohamed] Salah is not injured. [Roberto] Firmino is not injured. [Sadio] Mane is not injured.

"Van Dijk is injured, and Van Dijk is a very good player, of course.

"But give me Liverpool's list of injuries and compare that list of injuries with what is the best Liverpool team.

"I can give you a list of injuries at Tottenham. We have two kids of the under-16s with injuries, we have two others in the under-21s and we have three in the under-23s. We have [Erik] Lamela and [Japhet] Tanganga, and here you have a list of players.

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