Mourinho: Klopp’s Liverpool contract extension is ‘good news’
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has said that Jurgen Klopp signing a new long-term deal at Liverpool is “good news” for the Premier League.
Klopp, who is ranked the No. 1 manager in ESPN FC 100, signed a contract extension, keeping him at Anfield until 2024.
“We want the best players, coaches and he’s one of the best,” Mourinho said in a news conference on Friday. “It’s good news for the Premier League.”
“Great news for Liverpool fans, for the players because it looks clear that they like each other and their relationship is very good.”
Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in the six games since Mourinho’s arrival in November, and he lamented the lack of time he has to improve the team’s defensive organisation.
“I complain every day with my staff [that we don’t have time], I want to do a certain kind of training,” he added.
“Defensive organisation takes a lot of energy to work on. It demands a lot from you. We’re not having many [training sessions].
“I have to cut the intensity; I’m not happy at all with what I’m giving the players. I want more to give them. We are taking it step-by-step.”
A heavily-rotated Spurs side lost to a 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, with Tottenham finishing runners-up in Group B ahead of the round-of-16 draw on Monday.
Spurs sit in seventh place, six points from Champions League qualification, as they travel to face Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday.
Left-back Ben Davies, winger Erik Lamela and midfielder Tanguy Ndombele are among those out injured for Sunday’s fixture.
Manchester United ‘need two or three players’ to help attack – Solskjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still intends to strengthen his attack despite Mason Greenwood’s emergence this season.
Greenwood scored twice as United secured top spot in their Europa League group with a comfortable 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar. The 18-year-old now has six goals in seven starts this term but Solskjaer is still on the lookout for a striker.
“We’re looking to strengthen in many positions,” said Solskjaer. “If you look at our squad compared to others, we’re getting there but we need two or three players to have a squad with enough numbers to rotate throughout a long season and we’ll see what we sign.”
The bulk of Greenwood’s minutes this season have come in the Europa League but after handing the teenager a first Premier League start of the season against Tottenham, Solskjaer insists he is ready for a prolonged run in the team.
“He played against Tottenham and he was class,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not afraid of playing him in the Premier League, not at all. It is about sharing minutes and finding the right minutes. He is ready to play in Premier League.”
Greenwood has work to do to displace either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford in Solskjaer’s first XI but with a hectic Christmas schedule approaching, the United boss will be forced to rotate.
“I’ve probably said it all before, that’s what he [Mason] does,” said Solskjaer. “Tomorrow [Friday] he will probably go into training and score a few more. He has always done it.
“That is just natural for him. He is a natural footballer. The closer he gets to goal the more dangerous he is. Right-foot, left-foot, he is a nightmare for defenders.
“He needs to develop his heading. Then he can be a proper striker.
“I’ve seen a few good ones, I played with Wazza [Wayne Rooney], natural finishing he’s one of the best I’ve seen.”