Jose Mourinho Says Media Should 'Demand' Liverpool Trophies After Big Spending

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2018

CARSON, CA - JULY 25: Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between AC Milan and Manchester United at StubHub Center on July 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said the press should hold Liverpool to a higher standard after their summer spending in the transfer market. 

The Reds have signed Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker this summer, making them the biggest spenders in the Premier League by some distance. And Mourinho said that type of outlay should come with extra pressure, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Mourinho on #lfc: 'Maybe this season finally you demand that they win. You have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.' #mufc

Mourinho also referred back to quotes from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp from two years ago in which the German said he would not become a coach who spends massive amounts on players, per Luckhurst.

"The problem is you have to invest well, and honestly I think they did very well because every player they bought are quality players, and I'm happy for them," Mourinho said. "And I'm also happy to smile and to see that, you know, you can change your opinion and change as a person. Is funny. But that's OK."

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) talks with Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on
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Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January in a deal worth around £105 million up front and potentially £142 million in total. In the same window, they acquired Virgil van Dijk for £75 million, a world record for a defender.

Since then they've also acquired Alisson for £67 million, a world record for a goalkeeper. In addition to Fabinho, Keita and Shaqiri, the Reds have spent a reported £177 million in total in this window. United, by contrast, have splashed out on Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Diogo Dalot from Porto.

As noted by Luckhurst, the United manager appeared to enjoy addressing the comments from Klopp:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

The happiest Jose Mourinho has looked all tour was when he remembered Jurgen Klopp's comments from two years ago #mufc https://t.co/bf5ATyUCrx

While United finished in second place in the Premier League behind Manchester City last season, it's Liverpool who appear to be best placed to compete for the title.

Not only have the Reds spent big in the window, Klopp has shown throughout his time at Anfield he can improve the players already on his books. Last season the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all kicked on to new heights under the guidance of the German, with the team making it to the UEFA Champions League final.

Given they've now addressed crucial areas in the squad, Liverpool appear better equipped to go toe-to-toe with City over the course of a full season. There's excitement about what the team can accomplish in 2018-19:

B/R Football @brfootball

Liverpool might have turned themselves into title contenders without kicking a ball | @DeanJonesBR https://t.co/yAGnUICClW https://t.co/MoScuTqYn7

Meanwhile, as noted by James Robson of the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho didn't take the chance to talk up United's title prospects when given the opportunity during pre-season:

James Robson @JamesRobsonMEN

Jose Mourinho asked if #mufc current squad can win the title: "I don't answer that question"

United supporters would've been expecting more additions at this juncture. While Liverpool have been happy to spend big to address their clear weaknesses, with the start of the Premier League campaign now just two weeks away, the Old Trafford outfit still look short in some crucial areas.

There will be a pressure on Liverpool to win silverware this season, especially given the club have won just one League Cup in 12 years. But at the moment, they appear better equipped for the challenges to come than their great rivals from Manchester.