Few Premier League managers can say they actually have a good relationship with Jose Mourinho.
Of the current crop of bosses, Arsene Wenger’s rapport with the Manchester United gaffer is undoubtedly the worst, but many other probably just keep a wide berth of the Special One.
Surprisingly, Jurgen Klopp insists he gets on well with the Portuguese, though it’ll be interesting to see if he feels the same way after Monday night’s showdown between Liverpool and United.
“I am full of respect for Mourinho’s work. He is a nice guy,” the German said, via the Sun.
“Everything is okay between us. I think if you are not a journalist or a referee, he is a nice guy. I’m not one of these, so we have a good talk.”
Perhaps Klopp has already forgotten their summer spat after he criticised United’s decision to spend £89million on Paul Pogba, a comment to which Mourinho reacted angrily.
Contests between their respective clubs are always heated affairs, but the odds may well be in the Liverpool manager’s favour on this occasion – not least because of the four times he has faced Mourinho, he has won three of those games.
The last time the two sides met at Anfield in the league, United won 1-0, but their more recent meeting in the Europa League saw one of the worst Red Devils’ performances in recent years, with Louis van Gaal’s side collapsing to a 2-0 defeat.
It’s going to be some game.