Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho has claimed that Liverpool have just one big injury when it comes to their starting XI on the pitch, naming that player as Virgil Van Dijk.
This comes despite the fact that Premier Injuries have nine current Liverpool injuries listed on their website, including Van Dijk, Thiago, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Joel Matip, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have just Japhet Tanganga and Erik Lamela out with injuries, as well as Gareth Bale who is struggling with illness (Premier Injuries).
As well as playing down Liverpool’s injury crisis, Mourinho was keen to point out that Jurgen Klopp had been in the job for far longer than he had, giving him more time to implement his tactics.
Mourinho said that Spurs’ good run of form was a result of 390 days amidst a global pandemic, while Liverpool’s ‘result machine’ comes from over 1800 days of work.
He said (Dan Kilpatrick): “Give me Liverpool list of injuries and compared with what is the best Liverpool team… Liverpool has a big injury. Which is Van Dijk.”
On the comparison between himself and Klopp, he added (Football London): “I am the same guy, nothing changed, it’s just perception.
“Jurgen says that because if you look to our results this season, we lost one in the Premier League and we lost one in the Europa League so our results are very positive.
“But I think it’s too early, and the period of good results is about a few months and a results machine, of course, is much more than that. A result machine is what Liverpool has been for the past couple of years, a result machine was what my Chelsea was in the period we won the two consecutive titles.
“We are a good team that works hard but I would say Liverpool is the result of if I’m not wrong 1,894 days of work with Jurgen. 1,894, if I’m wrong I’m wrong by a few days.
“We are the result of work of 390 days, but these 390 days are fake, because probably lots of these days were not even days of work but days of quarantine, days of being at home unable to work. So from almost 2,000 to 300. For us to be able to compete at the level we’re doing I can only give credit to the players and be very, very happy with what they’re doing.”
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