Jose Mourinho has vowed that Manchester United will ‘fight for a victory’ at Anfield as he reminded Jurgen Klopp that he needs to win trophies to be considered a success at Liverpool.
Manchester United face their bitter rivals at Anfield on Sunday, with Liverpool 16 points ahead of Mourinho’s side in the Premier League table.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: ‘I’m going to try, I’m going to try, I always try and I want to play a team that is capable to be with me on that desire and on that ambition and on that confidence, we know that we are going to play against the leader, against a team in a high position.
‘But we have our qualities, we have our potential and even with the problems we have and the doubts in terms of team choice, of tactics, approach, philosophy, we have doubts about everything but we are going to arrive with the players we have available and going to have a team capable of going there and fight for the victory.
‘We got two positive results against Liverpool last season. We beat them at home and we didn’t lose any match against them in four, I think, but that was the past.
‘So Sunday has nothing to do with what happened in the past, so I have to focus not on what happened, not on the credit we were given or no, I have to focus on the next match, the next match is the one that is important and that’s it.’
Despite Liverpool’s impressive start to the campaign, Klopp has yet to win any cups in his three years on Merseyside – including losing the finals of the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup – and Mourinho insisted that silverware counts for everything.
‘I think trophies matter,’ said the United boss who claimed in the summer that Klopp ‘had’ to win the title this season after spending almost £250million on new players this year. ‘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 told already they want to win the Premier League and that’s their objective.’