As Premier League champions Liverpool prepare for Wednesday’s top-of-the-table clash against the leaders at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp said Jose Mourinho has turned Tottenham into a “results machine”
Under goal difference, Spurs go into the game ahead of Liverpool, with both sides collecting 25 points from 12 fixtures so far this season, and can step away from Klopp’s team with a win that would lift hopes of a first league title since 1961.
The revival of Tottenham under Mourinho has led to reports that the manager of Spurs has bounced back from rumors that he was the man of yesterday following his sacking as boss of Manchester United—Mourinho was sacked on Dec. 17, 2018, less than 24 hours after a 3-1 loss at Anfield.
But while Klopp denied the suggestion that Mourinho wanted to recover, he said that after succeeding Mauricio Pochettino 13 months ago, the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach had transformed Tottenham.
“He [Mourinho] has turned Spurs into a results machine,” Klopp said at a news conference.
That’s how it is. With good results, they have outcomes and they win and defend individually if they are not in their top shape. All this kind of stuff, so they are really impressive. I’m not shocked [Mourinho was written off after leaving United], it’s the world in which we live. You’re really good, possibly until yesterday, and if you don’t win today, people will go for you.
That’s how it is, and I don’t think he was shocked, but he showed the potential to come back—if it’s even a comeback—because what he did at Tottenham is impressive, and the way they’re playing this year is very nice. Their growth does not impress me. I see a lot of parallels with us, how they set up, build up, and play football. They are a proper football side and play decent football if you watch their games.
As Bobby Firmino does, you see Harry Kane falling, two wingers, an offensive midfielder like [Tanguy] Ndombele and [Giovani] Lo Celso. The football they play. By just counter-attacking, you can’t be top of the league.
So far this season, Kane and Son Heung-Min go into the match on Wednesday having linked up for 12 goals as a strike partnership.