Jurgen Klopp vs Jose Mourinho: A Rivalry Reignited

Stephen Killen
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Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho, ‘the Normal One’ and ‘the Special One’, will battle it out once again on Thursday.

You will rarely hear either of the two managers mince their words.

The pair were embroiled in verbal boxing match earlier this season after Roberto Firmino headed home Liverpool’s winner at Anfield.

After the final whistle, the Portuguese manager visibly mouthes something to the two-time FIFA Best Coach winner.

He later revealed that he said to Klopp that the ‘best team lost’ before embarking on an attack on his opposite numbers touchline antics.

The teams will come toe-to-toe once again on Thursday as Liverpool travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

This time, the stakes are higher than they’ve previously been as Liverpool are winless in the Premier League since December 19.

On the other hand, Spurs have only been on the wrong end of a scoreline once since the Reds dented their title hopes in mid-December.

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Jurgen Klopp vs Spurs

Since arriving at Anfield in October 2015, he has faced Spurs on 13 occasions and averages 2.15 points per game.

In his first game in charge of Liverpool, he started his tenure against Thursday’s opponents.

Moment to Forget

The 53-year-old has only fell to defeat against Spurs.

His one and only defeat came in the 17/18 season at Wembley, when the iconic venue was their temporary home.

Liverpool were on the receiving end of a 4-1 drubbing and is definitely one of the moments to forget in the German’s Anfield era.

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A quickfire eight minute double from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son left the Reds in an awful position after 12 minutes.

Mohammed Salah offered a glimmer of hope with his strike but a goal either side of half time from Dele Ali and Kane sealed the three points.

Moment to Remember

You guessed it, that night in Madrid.

How could we forget this?

Jurgen Klopp’s proudest moment as Liverpool manager and best memory of Spurs has to be that June evening in 2019.

European Elation! Klopp finally got his hands on the trophy at the third attempt.

Let’s relive the night.

Mohammed Salah fired home from the spot after a handball from Moussa Sissoko.

In the dying embers of the final, Joel Matip knocked it in to the path of Divock Origi who drilled his effort in the bottom corner of Hugo Lloris’ net.

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And just like that five-time winners of the Champions League turned to six-time winners.

Recap one of the best nights in recent history. (YouTube: Liverpool FC)

Jurgen Klopp vs Jose Mourinho

They will be in opposite dugouts for the 13th time in their managerial careers.

The German has dominated the battle between the pair.

He has somewhat bragging rights over his rival, Klopp handed Mourinho his final defeat as Manchester United manager in December 2018.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s brace in a 3-1 win saw ‘The Special One’s’ reign at Old Trafford draw to a painful conclusion.

Jurgen Klopp has won six of the 12 games against Jose Mourinho with four draws and two defeats.

One of those defeats came in a Champions League Semi-Final but ultimately Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund progressed as Mourinho’s Real Madrid couldn’t overcome a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

A Lot Riding for Both Teams

As both clubs look to emphasise their title credentials, they too are looking to cement their place in the top four.

We see the two teams collide on Thursday with just a point separating them.

Spurs slightly hold the upper hand as they have a game in hand over the Reds.

However a win could see one point turn to four as Liverpool look to re-establish their title defence.

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