José Mourinho’s Manchester United are struggling again. So, logic dictates that he would deflect the attention onto whoever is in charge of his biggest rival.
It would be a stretch of the imagination to suggest that Manchester’s resident clown José Mourinho is obsessed with Jürgen Klopp but he does have a habit of deflecting attention by using the Liverpool gaffer as a shield for the media witchhunt that he maintains follows him.
On Tuesday evening, following Simon Mignolet’s heroic penalty save, Klopp was heard screaming, “no one can beat us” at fourth official Neil Swarbrick. Despite being criticised for his sideline behaviour, Klopp later revealed that Swarbrick had told him not to worry, saying, “I like your passion.”
Naturally, this has rubbed José Mourinho the wrong way.
Mourinho has been disciplined a number of times this season, including his incident at West Ham when he directed his anger at an innocent set of water bottles.
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In light of Mourinho’s disciplinary record this term, he feels as though he is treated differently to Klopp.
“Yesterday one manager was told by the fourth official ‘I love your emotion and because I love your emotion, no problem’,” he said. This came after Manchester United failed to capitalise on Liverpool dropping points against Chelsea at Anfield.
“I was told today to sit down or I have to go to the stands, ” he added.
Last week, following Liverpool’s inexcusable league cup exit to Southampton, Klopp blamed the loss on the weather, with Anfield experiencing gusty winds. Mourinho seized the opportunity to aim another dig at Klopp saying, “Wembley will be windy, so we may struggle.”