‘Not injured… not injured… not injured’: Jose Mourinho opens fire on Liverpool and says they have NO injury crisis to moan about – and reels off a list of TEN fit stars before Tottenham go to Anfield
- Table-topping Tottenham head to second-placed Liverpool on Wednesday
- Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was on fine form in Tuesday’s press briefing
- He played down Liverpool’s injury pile-up saying they had one ‘big injury’
- Then he reeled off a list of the respective teams and who was out injured
- Mourinho had also worked out Jurgen Klopp had spent 1,894 days in charge
- He compared this to his 390 days at the helm of Spurs after arriving last year
The Spurs boss also claimed Liverpool have just one ‘big injury’ – that of defender Virgil van Dijk – and reeled off a list of 10 Liverpool first-teamers who are fit.
Mourinho was in fine form as he spoke ahead of Wednesday night’s top of the table encounter on Merseyside, with his team ahead of the reigning champions on goal difference alone.
Jose Mourinho was in fine form ahead of Tottenham’s top of the table visit to Liverpool
Harry Kane (left) scored for Spurs at Crystal Palace on Sunday but they settled for a 1-1 draw
Tottenham are currently top of the table from Liverpool on goal difference alone
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has complained about a lengthy injury list, but Mourinho downplayed the significance of it.
He said: ‘I think Alisson is not injured. (Trent) Alexander-Arnold is not injured. (Joel) Matip, I believe that he’s going to play. Fabinho is not injured, (Andrew) Robertson is not injured, (Jordan) Henderson is not injured, (Georginio) Wijnaldum is not injured, (Mohamed) Salah is not injured, (Roberto) Firmino is not injured, (Sadio) Mane is not injured.
‘(Virgil) Van Dijk is injured and Van Dijk is a very good player of course. But give me Liverpool list of injuries and compared that list with what is the best Liverpool team.
‘I can give you a list of 10 injuries at Tottenham. We have two kids of the under-16s with injuries, we have two others in the under-21s and two in the under-23s. We have (Erik) Lamela and (Japhet) Tanganga.
‘And here is a list of 10 players. But is (Hugo) Lloris injured? No. (Toby) Alderweireld injured? No. (Eric) Dier injured? No. (Sergio) Reguilon injured no? Harry Kane injured? No. (Heung-min) Son injured? No. Lucas (Moura) injured? No.
‘So where are the injuries? Injuries are normal. James Milner is injured, Lamela is injured. You know. Every club has injuries now and again. Liverpool has a big injury. Which is Van Dijk.’
Mourinho claimed Virgil Van Dijk was Liverpool’s only ‘big injury’ affecting the first team
And in a classic piece of Mourinho kidology, he compared the amount of time Klopp has had to mould his successful Liverpool team and compared it to his time at the Tottenham helm.
He said: ‘Jurgen says that because if you look to our results this season, we lost one in the Premier League and we lost one in the Europa League so our results are very positive.
‘But I think it’s too early, and the period of good results is about a few months and a results machine of course is much more than that.
‘A result machine is what Liverpool has been for the past couple of years, a result machine was what my Chelsea was in the period we won the two consecutive titles.
‘We are a good team that works hard but I would say Liverpool is the result of if I’m not wrong 1,894 days of work with Jurgen. 1,894, if I’m wrong I’m wrong by a few days.
Mourinho and Klopp on the touchline during last season’s meeting between the two teams
‘We are the result of work of 390 days, but these 390 days are fake, because probably lots of these days were not even days of work but days of quarantine, days of being at home unable to work. So from almost 2,000 to 300.
‘For us to be able to compete at the level we’re doing I can only give credit to the players and be very, very happy with what they’re doing.’
Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager on October 8, 2015, which would equate to 1,896 days if Tuesday is included.
Mourinho also hinted that Gareth Bale will not be well enough to be part of the squad heading to Anfield on Wednesday evening.
The Wales international missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace due to illness and he has not yet trained with the team since.
Mourinho didn’t believe Gareth Bale would be well enough to feature in the Liverpool game
‘We still have a training session this afternoon,’ Mourinho said.
‘Yesterday he didn’t train with the team. He trained inside, not even outside. In this moment I’d say not [to playing on Wednesday] but let’s wait for the feelings and let’s see the training session.
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