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Jose Mourinho Had Nothing But Praise For Liverpool And Jurgen Klopp

Jose Mourinho Had Nothing But Praise For Liverpool And Jurgen Klopp

Jose Mourinho hopes that Liverpool now go on to win the Champions League following Tuesday night's remarkable 4-0 victory over Barcelona.

On beIN Sport, the former Manchester United boss spoke with admiration for the work Jurgen Klopp has done at the club.

"Anfield is one of the places to make the impossible, possible," said Mourinho.

"I have to say for me this remontada has one name, Jurgen.

"This [win] is not about tactics or philosophy. This is about heart and soul and fantastic empathy that Klopp has with his players. They had the risk of finishing a fantastic season with nothing to celebrate and now they are one step away from being European Champions and I think Jurgen deserves.

"This is a reflection of his personality, never give up. Players giving everything, about not giving up. He's not crying because they are missing one player. He doesn’t cry about playing 50 or 60 matches everything today is all about Jurgen Klopp’s mentality."

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"These Liverpool players played a big match two days ago," added Mourinho.

"I can't understand when people who work in the Portuguese league, the French league, the German league, they say, 'Oh we have too many matches. Oh we don't have enough players.' In England, they play 50 or 60 at high intensity all the time. This is the consequence of that strong mentality.

"I just hope that Jurgen wins the Champions League finally. He lost already two Champions League finals and a Europa League final. I think he deserves to make it happen because the work is fantastic."

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A quick corner by Trent Alexander-Arnold allowed Divock Origi to score the fourth and decisive goal in last night's game. It was one which caught the Barcelona players badly off guard.

"If you see that goal in an U14 or an U15 match you would say, 'The kids are sleeping, the kids have no mentality to play football, the kids have to learn the basics of the game,'" said Mourinho.

"But we are speaking about the best players in the world and to concede that goal really shows you a state of mind.

"At half-time I told if Liverpool score a second goal the atmosphere will be really difficult to cope with and the atmosphere is really difficult to cope with especially when Liverpool attack to the Kop End.

"But Barcelona have some of the best players in the world. It’s their natural habitat to play at that level, it’s their natural habitat to play Barcelona [versus] Real Madrid, Champions League final, Champions League semi-final every season."

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