Jose Mourinho is the manager charged with trying to ensure Liverpool’s Premier League unbeaten run does not reach 38 games when his Tottenham side host the Reds tomorrow evening.
But Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson believes the Portuguese would have loved to have been in the Anfield hotseat.
He said: “Jose loves nothing better than to upset Liverpool, Liverpool fans. This will be another opportunity for him.
“I think it’s one of those big things that deep down, he would really have loved to have managed Liverpool, so when it comes down to it he wants to beat us, and do his utmost to put one over on us.”
TBR’s View – Thompson’s comments may be wide of the mark
Throughout the early part Mourinho’s career, there was always a feeling he was positioning himself to manage Liverpool’s bitter rivals Manchester United.
He seemed disappointed to have been overlooked to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, having fawned over United after facing them in the Champions League during the Scot’s final season at the club, but eventually got the job in 2016.
But Mourinho has always made it his business to antagonise Liverpool and their fans, going right back to shushing them during the 2005 Carling Cup final.
He will relish the task of trying to end their unbeaten run, although there’s precious little evidence to suggest his side is capable of doing that right now.