Klopp calls Mourinho "outstanding" after the Portuguese departs rivals United

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Published on December 18, 2018 - Duration: 00:53s

Klopp calls Mourinho "outstanding" after the Portuguese departs rivals United

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp says Jose Mourinho has his complete respect after the Portuguese was sacked by Manchester United earlier on Tuesday.

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Klopp calls Mourinho "outstanding" after the Portuguese departs rivals United

SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 18, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, ON JOSE MOURINHO'S SACKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED, SAYING: "He's a very competitive guy, very ambitious.

Very competitive.

He has all my respect, he's unbelievably successful.

I can imagine the last few months especially were not a joy for nobody, especially for him as well.

It's not nice when you get to face all these questions every day and so that's the problem.

Anything else, apart from that, nobody can take away all the things he won from him, nothing can take that away.

I wish him personally that he has that in his mind when he leaves and not the few other things which happened in the last few months because he's an outstanding manager." STORY: Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says Jose Mourinho is an "outstanding manager" despite the Portuguese being sacked by Manchester United earlier on Tuesday (December 18).

Mourinho was shown the door at Old Trafford two-and-a-half years after joining the 20-time English champions, with United in sixth in the Premier League - 19 points adrift of Klopp's Liverpool at the top.

United's 3-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday (December 16) was the final straw for the United board with the Red Devils having won only once in their last six league matches.

Klopp though heaped praise on the former Inter Milan, Chelsea, Porto and Real Madrid boss who has won 20 major trophies throughout his managerial career.

Klopp also reacted positively to Liverpool drawing Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday (December 17).

Mourinho famously won the 2004 Champions League with Porto and repeated the feat with Inter six years later with a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich.

The 55-year-old won two trophies in his first season with United - the Europa League and League Cup in the 2016/17 campaign.

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