Jose Mourinho has said there is nothing special in beating Liverpool as he gets set to face the Reds for the first time as the Manchester United manager.
United are at Anfield on Monday night in the Premier League with the Portuguese manager coming up against Jurgen Klopp for the first time since he became manager at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has a personal history with the Liverpool, aside the traditional rivalry between the Reds and the Red Devils, stretching back to 2005 when Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal’ against Chelsea took Rafa Benitez’s men through to the Champions League final and the miracle of Istanbul.
But the ‘Special One’ says playing Liverpool is like just playing another big club and nothing special.
“No,” he said. “For me, playing Liverpool is just to play against a big club,” he was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“In Madrid, I wanted to play against Barcelona and I wanted to play against Atletico and against Valencia.
“In Inter, I wanted to play against Milan, against Juventus, against Roma. In Chelsea, I wanted to play against Man United, against Liverpool, against Arsenal, against all the big clubs in the country.
“And now at Man United it is the same so I love to play against the big opponents – and Liverpool is a big opponent.
“I celebrated in 2014 because of what happened before that match.
“Chelsea had a Champions League semi-final to play and we wanted to play Liverpool on the Saturday because the Champions League was on the Tuesday.
“What happened was that we had to play on the Sunday, when Atletico Madrid were playing on the Friday. So we felt that match was set-up for Liverpool to be champions. In fact we went there with the players that were not playing against Atletico, because we had no chance of the title.
“Everybody was waiting for something different than what actually happened.”