Klopp: Mourinho is playing mind games

Jurgen Klopp has said Jose Mourinho is trying to play mind games with Liverpool by suggesting they are under pressure to win the title this season following their huge spending spree.

Liverpool have embarked on a massive summer of recruitment, bringing in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson, to the tune of almost £200 million.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said last week that their rivals’ huge investment in the transfer market this summer brings the added pressure of being expected to win their first ever Premier League title.

However, asked if the Portuguese was playing mind games, Klopp told reporters: “Yeah, for sure, a little bit but that’s okay.

“But I heard as well that Jose found me funny and one of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile! It doesn’t happen too often and if it happens because of Liverpool – well done!

“I said a few things [in the past]. I cannot really remember what I said but I know what I said about the Pogba transfer.

“I would never talk about Manchester United unless somebody asks me about it but I am polite enough to give an answer if somebody asks me.

“That’s not always the smartest thing to do, and I have absolutely no problem with what Jose Mourinho is saying. It is a free world and he can say whatever he wants.

“If he is happy about our transfers even better, but we know that it does not mean you win automatically whatever.

“Man United has a strong team and they will strengthen that in the next two weeks. They are already strong, the same as Man City and Tottenham.

“Arsenal and Chelsea have new managers but they will be strong – plus a few others – so it’s our job to improve our own situation. That’s what we try to do but that has to happen on the pitch, not in the transfer market.

“We want to deliver constantly. We want to improve that’s what we want to show and we will see where that leads us to.

“Improvement means playing better football, being more consistent and entertaining the crowd in a very specific way – We are Liverpool and we stand for football. All I can say is that we will try everything we can to be as successful as possible and in the end, we will see.”

Liverpool face Manchester United in a pre-season friendly on Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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