When Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Manchester United his main task was to knock Liverpool "off their perch" and he did so with his 13 Premier League titles making United the most successful side in English football history.
Comparing the health of the two clubs to a house, he said: "It's not just about the money they spent in the summer, it's about many things".
LIVERPOOL, Dec 15 ― England's two most successful clubs Liverpool and Manchester United head into their first meeting of the season tomorrow at Anfield in very different form after wildly contrasting campaigns to date.
"I don't read much but I think Jurgen told already that their objective is to win the Premier League", he commented.
Klopp responded by saying success could be measured in a number of ways - not just by trophies. They have smashed in 34 goals in 16 games, and conceded just six.
"But I thought that the situation was not that, and I thought the second position was really a fantastic season by all of us, and that this season was going to be very, very hard, because the teams that were behind us, potentially shouldn't be, and on top of that, they had a great improvement in their teams".
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When asked if trophies matter, he told a news conference: "I don't know, it depends on the way you approach it".
"Going to the final was fantastic but in life - in all departments of life, including your job - if only the best counts and effort doesn't count then life is s**t". That is how I learn life, I learnt it a little bit in football. I always try and I want to play a team that is capable to be with me on that desire and on that ambition and on that confidence.
"Commenting on United's start to the season, he added: "[It has not gone] as good as we thought.
"I used to be, and still am, a big fan of Mourinho because of how he set up his team when he came to Chelsea and how they played their football. We need to find a solution", he said.
Centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are both injured, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss the game as well.
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