Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho, responding diplomatically to what many have perceived as jibes from the Manchester United manager.
As United have faltered early this season, with defeats to Brighton and Tottenham Mourinho's press conferences and interviews have become increasingly colourful with the former Chelsea boss occasionally using his camera time to go on the defensive, deflect criticism and even lash out at other managers.
Mourinho was recently asked whether he would still consider himself among the greatest managers in the world should his Manchester United side fail to win the Premier League, to which he replied: “Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth?”
Mourinho also pointed out that he has won trophies in several countries whereas Klopp has failed to win anything outside of Germany.
After being asked about Mourinho's comments, during the Liverpool manager's press conference following Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester, Klopp responded (via the Liverpool Echo): “Er, what? What did he say? Now I’m interested.
Why was a reporter asking Jurgen Klopp about Jose Mourinho after Liverpool beat Leicester? Somebody tell me.— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) September 1, 2018
“He’s right, that’s right, if he is speaking about me. Probably there are a few more managers in the league but you thought it was about me – no problem. He is right absolutely."
Klopp, who refused to be drawn into provocation, also conceded that the Portuguese is a league of his own in terms of Premier League success.
He continued: “He is probably the most successful manager in the Premier League at the moment. I have no problem with that.”
“(As for anything else) I can’t say anything about that. No clue what you are talking about to be 100% honest.
“But if he said I didn’t win anything outside Germany then he’s right – that’s easy to see.”
After a 100% start prior to the international break, Liverpool top the Premier League with 12 points, while United sit in 10th, sox points behind, after their win over Burnley on Sunday.