Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

Trophies matter, insists Jose Mourinho ahead of Liverpool clash

The Reds haven't beaten Manchester United in their last eight Premier League attempts, their worst run against them since the 1980s, and this is the kind of game Mourinho relishes.

Jurgen Klopp insisted his time at Liverpool could not be judged exclusively on winning trophies. They've got world-class players coming in off the bench and it's the same here.

The Reds are top of the Premier League after sixteen games, but are yet to win a trophy since Klopp arrived in October 2015.

They have smashed in 34 goals in 16 games, and conceded just six.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho fired the first verbal salvo ahead of Sunday's Premier League game between his club and Liverpool.

Manchester United are preparing to make Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly the most expensive defender in history in January, according to reports in England.

As for United, they are now 16 points away from Liverpool and underlines their poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho.

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Gomez, who can play at centre-back or right-back, suffered a fracture to his leg during Liverpool's win over Burnley at Turf Moor, while Matip injured his collarbone against Napoli.

The captain has had an up-and-down season so far as Jurgen Klopp has continually shuffled the pack in midfield.

At the same time, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all have injuries.

It certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter as Liverpool take on Manchester United. I'm aware of the criticism but we switch off because there's a lot of quality, speed and technique and they have pretty much everything.

The last two clashes at Anfield have been painful to watch, and have featured zero goals.

The pair have drawn 0-0 in their last two league meeting at Anfield, while the visitors scraped a 1-0 win back in January 2016. Klopp's got some defensive problems but Lovren's back and James Milner can play well at right-back so I wouldn't be too anxious, but Trent (Alexander-Arnold) won't want to miss this game so a couple of paracetamol and we could see him out there.

"The lads that haven't been playing have been coming in and doing a really good job as well - everybody is fighting for their place and I think that can be really healthy if you use it in the right way".

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