Tottenham manager does not buy the fact that a rival of the Premier League title has problems after suffering a series of unfortunate fitness failures
Jose Mourinho started to light the flames before Tottenham’s cruel confrontation with Liverpool at Anfield, and the Portuguese garbage claims that the reds are suffering a crisis of injuries.
For the head of Spurs, his opposite number, Jurgen Klopp, is struggling with a single “big injury”.
He admits that Dutch international Virgil van Dijk is almost impossible to replace, with the Dutch defender being removed with knee ligament injuries in October.
Since then, Klopp has lost games such as Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Diogo Jota to unfortunate shots, Liverpool’s team being fully tested.
However, the Premier League champions have invested heavily to ensure they boast the necessary strength in depth.
Given this and still having an abundance of wealth at Klopp’s disposal, Mourinho does not buy that the tomatoes have problems.
He told reporters ahead of a Premier League match-up on Wednesday: “Give me Liverpool’s injury list and compare it to Liverpool’s best team.
“Liverpool have a big injury, which is Van Dijk.”
Tottenham have had to deal with their own injuries this season, with Gareth Bale not yet at full speed after returning to north London on a loan from Real Madrid during the season.
Asked if the Welshman could take part in Liverpool, Mourinho said: “We have another training session. Yesterday (Monday) he did not train with the team, he trained inside. At this point I would say no, but we’ll see. “
While the lack of clarity keeps Bale stuck on the sidelines, England’s international midfielder Harry Winks sees fierce competition for places that deny him regular playing time.
Asked if the 24-year-old was looking for an explanation for the lack of minutes, Mourinho said: “Yes, he came to me. Not just him. Many players come to me.
“I have my office on the first floor and a little space on the ground floor next to the dressing room to make it so much easier. Yes, Winks came to talk to me, yes. “
Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso are among those who keep the Winks out, with that pair fighting each other for a starting place.
Pressed on that selection call, which saw a French international nod, Mourinho said: “It is not difficult. It’s hard when you don’t have any of them.
“Can I play together?” Yes. Physical condition is very important for both. To play with the two of us together, we need them to be fit and play with the right intensity. And they will.
“I do not say tomorrow, Sunday or next week, but they will play together. It’s not a problem when I grew up and I play pretty well. “