Speaking recently on the Football Writers Podcast, Darren Lewis discussed the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s war of words with Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp.
Following Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool last week, Mourinho informed Klopp of his belief that the ‘the better team lost‘ the fixture, before also going on to criticise the Liverpool manager’s behaviour on the touchline.
The Spurs boss then continued his digs at Klopp in his press conference last Friday, suggesting that Bayern Munich boss, Hansi Flick, should have won FIFA Best Men’s Coach award, rather than the Liverpool manager.
The beef between the managers was one subject of conversation on a recent episode of the Football Writers Podcast, in which Lewis discussed why he thought Mourinho has begun this apparent tirade against the Reds boss.
He said: “You never can hang your hat on any particular fixture going the way you think it will go. But I do think it is the reason why Mourinho started to try and get under the skin of Jurgen Klopp with these barbs about his conduct on the touchline, whether you believe he has a point or not.
“It’s one of a number of things that he’s tried to do, ‘The best team lost’, ‘Knock yourself out’ kind of thing. I think Mourinho has in mind the return fixture between the two teams, Liverpool and Spurs, on January the 26th in London because he sees that as an opportunity to take three points off Liverpool.”
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TIF Thoughts on Darren Lewis’ comments regarding Jose Mourinho’s digs at Jurgen Klopp…
If Lewis is correct in his suggestion that Mourinho has already begun the mind games between himself and Klopp ahead of the next clash between the two clubs, he has certainly started early, as Tottenham have eight games between now and the Liverpool fixture on January 28th.
In addition to this, with Klopp’s team now six points ahead of Mourinho’s side, it could be argued that, should Spurs falter over their next eight fixtures, they may well already be out of touching distance from the Reds in the league, thus rendering the beef between the Portuguese manager and the German slightly redundant.