Jose Mourinho has warned Jurgen Klopp that “trophies matter” as a man with three at Manchester United prepares to lock horns again with a Liverpool boss still waiting on his first in England.
A Portuguese coach with an enviable CV has never been shy when it comes to recounting his former glories.
Major silverware has been collected by Mourinho virtually everywhere he has been, with early success at Porto followed by more domestic and European glory at Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and United.
He has made a habit of bringing up his three Premier League title triumphs during trips to Stamford Bridge down the years, and has been discussing his record again ahead of a visit to Anfield on Sunday.
Mourinho will be heading to Merseyside in the midst of a testing 2018-19 campaign, but he does have Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Eurpoa League successes in the bag with United while Premier League title-chasing Klopp has delivered no tangible reward at Liverpool.
The Red Devils boss has said on the importance of securing silverware: “I don’t know, depends on the way you approach it. I think trophies matter, it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.
“I think sometimes to just say is not very intelligent, but when you have the potential, you have nothing to hide, you know from day one your potential and your desire has a relation with the potential because to say we want to win.
“Everyone can say that but another is to say the potential in a way you have but I think Jurgen said already they want to win the Premier League, that is their objective.”
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