Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he is “not a friend” of his Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, but admits he has great respect for the German.
Both coaches go head-to-head on Thursday night in the Premier League.
Mourinho called out Klopp following the reverse fixture in December, claiming that if he had acted in a similar fashion to the German on the sideline he would be sent off.
Ahead of today’s game, Mourinho stated that the pair do not share a friendship due to the brief nature of their meetings to date.
“I’m not a friend of Jurgen because I never had time with Jurgen,” 58-year-old Mourinho told the press.
“When you know the person well you can say, ‘I like him, he’s my friend’ or ‘I don’t like him, he’s not my friend’.
“With Jurgen it’s five minutes before a match and five minutes after a match. What I can say about Jurgen is that he’s a colleague that I respect, that I don’t have any problem with.
“And I believe that he is the same way with me. No problems at all.”