‘The work has to be perfect’ – Mourinho reveals what he has to do to emulate Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has hinted that he wants to achieve similar success at Tottenham Hotspur to what Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool.

When Klopp took over, Liverpool were often struggling to get into the top four on a regular basis but the German manager has transformed the Reds into a ruthless outfit over the last few years.

Success certainly did not come right away for Klopp as he won his first piece of silverware in Merseyside almost four years into his time at the club, beating the Lilywhites to the Champions League trophy in 2019.

Mourinho has had success at almost every club he has worked in and knows what it takes to win the biggest trophies in the game but he admitted that it takes more than just investment in the squad to achieve the kind of success Klopp has had Liverpool.

The Tottenham boss told Football.London: “I believe that a team to achieve what Liverpool have achieved already and what they keep trying to achieve more, the work has to be perfect,”

“The work from the globality, it’s not just about the right transfer window, a certain amount of money to spend – its about many things together.

“I’ve been in clubs where we reached similar levels of success so I know well what it takes to reach this kind of level. So one of the things they did very very well in exactly the 1,894 days that they reached success was that they had time. They had time.”

However, Mourinho did admit that Liverpool had to make some big-money moves to complete their squad and reach ‘perfection’

He added: “Jurgen arrived mid-season, not easy. Then the second period of that second half of that season they were already improving. They knew what they wanted, they stuck to together, they believed in each other, great transfer windows, great evolution of the players they had.

“Time for Jurgen to establish the profile and principles of play that as going to be the base of the development of the team. Then in a posterior phase a huge investment on key targets. Van Dijk in a crucial moment, Allison in another one. Everything they do, they do very very well. I think it’s very close to perfection to reach the level of results they are reaching.”

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What Jose seems to be asserting here is that he will achieve the same success at Spurs that Klopp achieved at Liverpool if he is given time and backing. However, while Klopp was always seen by the Liverpool hierarchy as a long-term project, I am guessing Levy hired Mourinho as an instant fix rather than the one to evolve the team long-term. I suspect that is why the club were willing to back Jose in the summer despite the financial impact of the pandemic.

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