Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has fought back against those criticizing opposite number Jose Mourinho’s start at Manchester United

The Reds manager prepares to face one of his club’s biggest rivals in Manchester United on Monday. Despite the animosity between the two clubs, Klopp fiercely jumped to the defence of Man United manager Mourinho ahead of the big game.

“It’s bulls***. No, but rubbish. Who says this? He has started badly at United?” he told reporters, according to Goal.

“They won their first [three] games. So now you are giving B grades for winning?

“He [Mourinho] knows how successful football works. To like or not like the way he plays, why should he care? Why should he care?

“How can I say who is on the way here and who is on the way there?  If I lose against Manchester United you will stand here and ask me: ‘So..what about your ways..?’ I am of course not interested and absolutely not part of the group that says Jose Mourinho was or has been a good manager.”

Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho prior to the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on April 24, 2013 in Dortmund, western Germany. (Photo credit: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Dortmund’s head coach Juergen Klopp (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho prior to the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on April 24, 2013 in Dortmund, western Germany. (Photo credit: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Klopp holds a superior head to head record against Mourinho. His Borussia Dortmund side played Real Madrid four times in the 2012-13 Champions League while Mourinho was the Los Blancos manager.

In the group stage, BVB won one and drew one against Real. The two were then drawn against each other in the semi-finals, where Dortmund won the first leg 4-1. Real won 2-0 in the return leg, but it was Klopp and his men who progressed to the finals at the expense of Mourinho.

The two managers faces off again last year, and it was more bad news for Mourinho. Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1 last season at Stamford Bridge while the special one was in charge of the Blues.

The German manager holds the advantage over his Portuguese counterpart. It will be interesting to see if Mourinho can beat the odds and Manchester United can halt the dominance of a rampaging Liverpool side who are on a four-game winning streak.

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