Jose Mourinho insists silverware should be considered when it comes to assessing Jurgen Klopp’s success with Liverpool.
The Reds host Manchester United at Anfield this Sunday looking for their first win in the fixture since March 2014’s 3-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Liverpool enter this weekend at the top of the Premier League and 16 points ahead of their sixth-placed rivals, who have won just once in their last five league matches.
The club is, however, still waiting for its first trophy since the 2012 League Cup triumph, having lost three finals under Klopp.
After being questioned on the matter, Mourinho said: “I don’t know if trophies matter, it depends on the way you approach it,” per Sky Sports.
“I think trophies matter yeah, especially when you have the potential to fight for the trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy. I think sometimes to say just to say is not very intelligent.”
He added: “But when you have the potential you have nothing to hide, you know from day one that your potential and your desire has a relation with the potential, because to say we want to win everyone can say that.”
“Another thing is to say in a conscious way in relation to the potential you have. I don’t read much but I think Jurgen told already that their objective is to win the Premier League.”
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In light of their unbeaten start and bolstered squad, Liverpool have arguably never been better equipped to mount a sustained Premier League title charge.
The club is undoubtedly in need of a trophy, yet the ongoing wait for one shouldn’t overshadow what has been a monumental rise under Klopp.
Besides implementing an enthralling style of play along with a distinct identity, the Germany has propelled Liverpool back within reach of Europe’s elite as well as building the foundations on which to compete at the top for years to come.
Both sides enter Sunday’s contest with injury-stricken squads, with Mourinho having named nine United players as doubts during the week.
Klopp is meanwhile set to be short of defensive options on the back of injuries to Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and, most recently, Trent Alexander-Arnold.