Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said their clash with rivals Manchester United cannot be a normal game.
The Reds host their fierce rivals at Anfield on Monday night in Klopp’s first meeting with Mourinho since the latter moved to Old Trafford, and with so much always riding on this particular fixture, Klopp thinks it can never be a normal game of football.
“The more interest, the more difficult it is, but the more excited everybody is. It will never, ever, be a normal game.
“You cannot and should not ignore the special circumstance of a game like this. You have to be ready.
“You need to be emotional but cool, direct but patient. Like in all the games of course, but also the best games.”
Klopp’s Liverpool are fourth on the table after winning four consecutive games before the international break, with United down in sixth and three points behind their bitter rivals.
Meanwhile, the German has also registered his displeasure at the release of the TV fixtures over the festive season, with Liverpool playing both Manchester City and Sunderland inside three days.
“I’m not too happy in this moment. We have less than 48 hours between playing Man City and Sunderland. I don’t know if we can do anything.
“I got the information because it is how it is. I thought: Who had this idea?
“Our job is to do everything we can to work games. I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea because I love it.
“Now having a match day with two days between, I don’t know why we play on Monday. Is it special, a day off in school?”