Mourinho reminds Klopp of ‘quit’ remark after Van Dijk signing


Jose Mourinho has responded to Virgil van Dijk’s £75million transfer by reminding Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp of his menace to stop soccer if astronomical charges grew to become commonplace.

The Reds have made the primary vital transfer of the winter switch window after agreeing a take care of Southampton to make Van Dijk the world’s costliest defender.

He’ll arrive at Anfield 18 months after Klopp insisted he needed to “do it differently” following Paul Pogba’s then-world report £92.35million change to Manchester United, with the German suggesting he didn’t wish to be concerned within the sport if such quantities grew to become the norm relatively than the exception.

Requested about Van Dijk’s transfer at his press convention on Friday, Mourinho mentioned: “I feel the one to discuss it in a selected approach must be Jurgen. If I used to be one in every of you I might ask him about his feedback about one 12 months in the past (when Pogba signed).

“Not talking particularly about (the Van Dijk) case as a result of in Liverpool they do what they need, and I’m no person to remark about what they do, (however) the fact is that if they suppose the participant is the appropriate participant for them, and so they really need the participant, they pay this quantity or they don’t have the participant. That’s the best way the market is.

“Once we evaluate now the amount of cash that sure managers and we attempt to evaluate that…not even with 10 years in the past, (with) three years in the past, it’s to check the inconceivable.

“Now you will say Virgil van Dijk is the most costly defender within the historical past of soccer. Was he higher than (Paolo) Maldini, (Giuseppe) Bergomi or (Rio) Ferdinand? You can’t say that.

“It’s simply the best way the market is. You pay otherwise you don’t pay. In the event you pay, you pay a loopy amount of cash however when you don’t, you don’t have the participant. It’s so simple as that.

“No criticism at all about what Liverpool did. It’s just the way it is.”

Mourinho’s final big-money purchase, Romelu Lukaku, is at present coming beneath hearth having scored simply 4 occasions in his earlier 19 video games after netting 11 in his first 10.

The £75million striker, at fault for targets on the different finish towards Manchester Metropolis and Burnley, is but to overlook a single minute within the Premier League this season and Mourinho admits he’s jaded however feels he can not relaxation the Belgian.

“No, I can’t (rest him),” Mourinho mentioned.

“I see 20 matches within the Premier League, 90 minutes, I feel for a striker, any participant, it’s completely unimaginable.

“Is he unfortunate in our field in current matches? (It was) not a direct affect on simply him, however he was within the image in a few of the final targets we concede. Is it a consequence of a participant that actually wants a bit of relaxation? Or is that this a consequence of simply the event?

“The guy is fantastic for me and for the team and gives absolutely everything and I’ve no criticism.”

Mourinho paired Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic collectively towards the Clarets on Boxing Day – an experiment he deserted at half-time – and he feels that possibility is tough given the pair’s circumstances, with the latter simply again from a severe knee damage.

“I think for it to happen they need both to be in their best moment and they are not,” the United boss added.

“One (Lukaku) shouldn’t be as a result of the state of affairs in his crew didn’t permit him to have any relaxation and he’s giving completely every thing in each minute.

“The boy is drained, is bodily a monster however not a machine and he’s feeling it.

“And Zlatan is a man with an incredible injury, an injury that a 20-year-old man would suffer. Imagine a man, 36 years old, and so many miles in high-level football, so it’s not easy.”

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