Jose Mourinho
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Liverpool great John Arne Riise revealed he would rather play under Jurgen Klopp than Jose Mourinho now as the Manchester United boss has changed

The former Norwegian left-back was still playing at Liverpool when Mourinho first arrived in the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea in 2004.

The Portuguese spent three years at Stamford Bridge and won 124 of his 185 matches along with winning back-to-back league titles.

However, nowadays Mourinho finds himself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism with United struggling down in sixth-place in the standings and 16 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

“I think Mourinho is different now to some years ago,” Riise told ESPN.

“You mentioned him [talking negatively] in public about certain players. It’s something that is weird and strange. But he might have his reasons for doing it.

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“I don’t think people should question Mourinho and his tactics, but it looks weird from the outside.

“I would rather play for Klopp at this time than Mourinho [because] of how they are as a manager. But I think the results speak for themselves also. Mourinho is a great manager, but I’m more on the Klopp side.

“I used to be, and still am, a big fan of Mourinho because of how he set up his team when he came to Chelsea and how they played their football.

“I have no problem admitting that I think Mourinho is brilliant, even though I played for Liverpool and Rafa [Benitez] was somebody else.

“I personally love football and have no problem saying certain things about other teams or coaches. Mourinho, I think, was brilliant.”

The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield on Sunday.