This Saturday sees the Reds take on Spurs in a game that could see Jürgen Klopp’s side make history. A win will see Liverpool set a record for points in the Premier League after 21 games. The Lilywhites are currently managed by a man with a complicated history with Liverpool, despite this rocky relationship – Jose Mourinho has talked up the Anfield atmosphere ahead of Saturday’s game.
The Portuguese gaffer has an almighty respect for Liverpool. Despite managing nemeses Chelsea and Manchester United, the decorated coach has regularly lauded the passion of Scousers.
Although the the game is being played in North London on Saturday, Mourinho has remembered one of his famous nights at Anfield – dragging up memories of the infamous Luis Garcia Ghost Goal.
It was the 2005 Champions League semi final, the score was level, up step Luis Garcia – the Spaniard stabbed the ball over the line for the only goal of the tie. Many Liverpool fans will tell you that this ‘goal’ is one of their favourites that Liverpool have ever (kind of) scored.
Speaking to the press ahead of the weekend’s tie, reported by the Liverpool ECHO, Jose said about the game:
“I felt the power of Anfield, it was magnificent. I felt it didn’t interfere with my players but maybe it interfered with other people and maybe it interfered with the result…Anfield is a magic place to play, it’s beautiful, they can even score goals that the players don’t score like what happened in 2004/05 when Luis Garcia didn’t score the goal, the crowd scored the goal.”
What RTK has to say
Never change, Jose. Never change. Jose Mourinho may have a divisive reputation at Anfield but he definitely respects the hell out of the place.
He is a proper football man and as such he is very much aware of the place Liverpool’s ground holds in the sport’s folklore. There is no other place like it and to be honest he is right, the crowd can score goals there. We always do in Champions League semi finals – we assisted all four against Barcelona last season.