Klopp reacts to Mourinho’s trophy jibe

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes he cannot be judged on trophies alone, despite Jose Mourinho warning him they matter

Since his appointment at Anfield in 2015, Klopp has lost three finals in charge of Liverpool and is yet to deliver any silverware.

Although the Reds have enjoyed a strong turnaround in form under Klopp and led the Premier League this season without defeat after 16 games.

But Mourinho said “trophies matter” ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Liverpool for Sunday’s showdown.

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?” said Klopp, according to Liverpool Echo.

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.

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“If people say the Champions League campaign last season was not a success because we didn’t win the final then I cannot change that. Was it the successful finish? No, but the ride was brilliant.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end, other people have to judge that.”

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