CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

CL Failure Could Lead To League Glory For Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool did reach they Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid, but Mourinho is still bristling over the perception of last season as a disappointment for United, who also lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea.

United start the Premier League season at home to Leicester City on Friday and Mourinho took the opportunity at his pre-match news conference to take a swipe at what he views as fatalistic commentary on his reign from the media, in contrast with praise awarded to unnamed counterparts who fail to lift major honours.

Michael Owen is "convinced" that Liverpool FC will be Manchester City's closest challengers in the Premier League title race this season.

As such, he is standing by the complaints that soundtracked United's pre-season fixtures.

Pushed on whether there would be any ins or outs on Thursday, Mourinho added: "The information I have is no (nothing will happen)". "I think that's it".

In late July the Portuguese said he was confident of getting at least one more signing through the door, but hopes have faded as Thursday's 5pm deadline edged closer.

"It looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something insane, I repeat: Pre-season hard when you don't have your players to work, that's as simple as that".

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Both Pochettino and striker Harry Kane , who was linked with Real Madrid , signed new long-term deals in the summer. Pochettino does accept how the lack of activity might be viewed externally, but is happy with the club's vision.

Solhekol says Jose Mourinho was keen on the player but believes the club has been used by the Uruguayan's agent.

Mourinho revealed he will be without six senior players for the game against Leicester.

"The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players (back from the World Cup) because everybody is different, physically and mentally, to see how available they feel".

"I will have to focus on the players I have in relation to the first three matches, because after Spurs there is an worldwide break and I have a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare them better".

Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones all came back early from their own extended breaks but Mourinho sounded downbeat again when he was asked about the new season.

"They return on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs", Mourinho said.

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