Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho went on a major rant when he was asked about Liverpool’s injury problems this season ahead of their Premier League clash on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp has often moaned about his players being stuck in the treatment room because of this season’s heavy schedule.
Liverpool’s key defender Virgil van Dijk is ruled out until the end of the season while Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota will also miss tomorrow’s top-of-the table battle.
Klopp thinks it is unfair that his side have to play around two matches every week.
But Mourinho was having none of it and he went off on a huge rant, naming some of the players Liverpool have available.
“I think Alisson is not injured,” Mourinho said. “Alexander-Arnold is not injured. Matip, I believe that he’s going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Robertson is not injured.
“Anderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured, Firmino is not injured, Mane is not injured.
“Van Dijk is injured and Van Dijk is a very good player of course. But give me Liverpool list of injuries and compared that list with what is the best Liverpool team.
“I can give you a list of ten injuries at Tottenham. We have two kids of the Under-16s with injuries, we have two others in the Under-21s and two in the Under-23s, We have Lamela and Tanganga.
“And here is a list of ten players. But is Lloris injured? No. Alderweireld injured? No. Dier injured? No. Reguilon injured no? Harry Kane injured? No. Son injured? No. Lucas injured? No.
“So where are the injuries? Injuries are normal. James Milner is injured, Lamela is injured. You know. Every club has injuries now and again. Liverpool has a big injury. Which is Van Dijk.”
Liverpool and Tottenham are tied on 25 points at the top of the Premier League table.
However, Mourinho does not think the upcoming clash at Anfield will play a major part in who finishes top of the tree come the end of the season.
“We don’t want to make any statement, just play a game and win it,” he added.
“If the responsibility for that is Liverpool’s then great, if it’s ours because we are not able to perform well would be a worst feeling. We’re not there to make any kind of statement.
“It doesn’t matter the result, on Thursday morning we’ll be here and Sunday we will be playing again.
“It’s not a statement, it’s just a match but we go there and our objective is to win.”