Martin King discusses why José Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United doesn’t spell certain doom for Liverpool.
It was, without a doubt, a huge signing for the club – who parted ways with Dutchman Louis Van Gaal this week . It wouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that a lot of United fans have been bragging about it to fans of their fellow rivals. However, one set of fans, who support The Red Devil’s biggest rivals, Liverpool, shouldn’t be worried.
That is because Reds fans have their own ‘Special One’ (or should I say ‘Normal One’) in manager Jürgen Klopp. Although the passionate red army have already suffered the pain of two cup final defeats in the German’s first season in charge, there remains a lot of confidence that Klopp is carefully laying the foundations for a period of prosperity at Anfield.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has already begun his rebuilding project by bringing in three significant signings: one of the German Bundesliga’s best defenders in Joël Matip, a tall and strong midfielder in Marko Grujić and a young, talented goalkeeper in Loris Karius.
The trio may not be household names and yet there’s a feeling they’ll have a positive impact on how the team plays next season. Furthermore, there’s still plenty of time for Klopp to bring in a big name player ahead of his first full season at the helm.
One thing that the German will definitely bring during his first full season in charge is his famous brand of ‘heavy metal football’. Interestingly, the 48-year-old has met Mourinho on five occasions in the past and on three of those it was ‘heavy metal football’ that stole the show – a decent record against the Man United boss. In fact, the last time the pair met was last October, when Klopp’s Liverpool side rocked hard at Stamford Bridge, beating Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League.
Performances like that one are the type that got Reds fans believing in their side’s quality against a top class Mourinho side. There is no doubt they’ll be fancying their men against another one at Old Trafford next season.
However, one man who may not quite share the same opinion as myself is our former defender and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who is (contrary to the title of this piece) feeling a bit worried about the appointment of ‘The Special One’ at Man United and to be fair to Carra, it’s not hard to see why.
My affiliation with Liverpool Football Club aside, Mourinho is a world class manager, he has won at least two trophies at every club he has managed, not to mention bringing three Premier League titles to Chelsea and having two Champions League titles under his belt – it is no wonder the bookies would consider United as league title contenders next season.
One expects the impact he will have at Old Trafford to be massive as the club looks to re-live the glory days, however, the point remains that the Red Devils are not the only club in the land with a top class manager. In fact, there are already five or six and Liverpool are one of them. The Reds under Klopp, just like United under Mourinho, can be a dominant force in the near future and as expected, challenge at the very top.
There’s still a way to go before the start of the 2016/17 season and whilst Mourinho will surely be looking to get preparations for what should be yet another big season underway, his fellow rival Klopp will look to continue his.
One thing’s for sure, there will be a big battle for supremacy between United and Liverpool. Reds fans will be glad to know that just like their rivals, they have a world class leader on their side.
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