Jurgen Klopp recommences battle with Jose Mourinho when Liverpool host Man United, and the Reds boss will look to continue his positive record against his Old Trafford counterpart in the grudge match.
A mouthwatering clash lies in wait at Anfield, where Klopp and Mourinho reignite their touchline rivalry in the fiercest fixture in the English game.
Attention on the managerial heavyweights will be equally as intense as the on-pitch battle, with the duo facing off for a spectacular occasion under the lights on Merseyside.
And a ferocious scrap it will certainly be at Anfield, with the fixture offering big opportunity for both managers.
Klopp will be desperate for his team to continue their impressive early season surge and make another statement of intent, while Mourinho will see an ideal chance to kickstart an indifferent opening to the campaign with a morale-boosting victory.
For the Reds boss, it also presents the chance to add to his impressive record over Mourinho, with Klopp having won three, drawn one and lost only once in five meetings against the Portuguese coach.
The Liverpool boss—who has seen his teams score 11 goals and concede seven in those meetings—has also not lost on home soil to Mourinho.
It’s fair to say Klopp has certainly had the upper hand since the rivalry’s birth in the 2012/13 Champions League:
The duo went head-to-head for the first time when Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid were drawn in an incredibly tough group, also featuring Ajax and Man City.
Klopp took no time in introducing himself to the ex-Chelsea boss, guiding BVB to a historic 2-1 win over the Spanish giants at Westfalenstadion, and to top spot in the table.
Klopp’s side then earned a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in Spain, as Dortmund took control of the group, with only a last-minute equaliser from Mesut Ozil denying the German a ‘double’ over Mourinho at the first attempt.
Claiming four points from those two clashes helped Dortmund impressively emerge from the group in first place, with Los Blancos progressing as runners-up.
The two teams continued to move forward and both reached the semi-finals, where Klopp and Mourinho met again for a captivating last-four contest.
The first leg saw Klopp again beat Mourinho on home turf to record one of Dortmund’s finest ever results, as BVB blitzed Madrid 4-1 with an incredible display and four-goal haul from Robert Lewandowski.
Needing a monumental effort trailing by three goals, Mourinho claimed his first success, winning 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in a tense second leg.
But Klopp had the last laugh as Dortmund held on for a 4-3 aggregate win to progress to the final, taking control of the rivalry in the process with two wins, a draw and one, ultimately meaningless, defeat to show.
The semi-final blockbuster proved the last clash between the pair, before being reunited for a first Premier League fixture almost a year ago.
Klopp, in charge of the Reds for just the fifth game, once more came out on top—this time at Stamford Bridge, as he translated his European stranglehold to the English stage.
The German earned a historic first league success and landmark 3-1 victory for the Reds courtesy of Philippe Coutinho’s brace and another strike Christian Benteke.
It was a result that carried extra significance as it heaped further pressure on an under-fire Mourinho, which contributed to his sacking just six weeks later, and also inspired an upturn in big-game fortunes for Liverpool.
Almost 12 months on from the maiden top-flight contest, the world-renowned managers meet again for a clash in which Klopp will look to use his experience from previous triumphs to his advantage.
The Reds boss certainly has cause for optimism ahead of the game, with the way his team has performed so far this season—especially in big games, in which Liverpool have shone.
However, even though he is yet to beat a Klopp team away from home, Mourinho will draw positivity from a decent record at Anfield—where he won four games and drew three in 10 visits as Chelsea manager.
Liverpool must pick up from where they left off prior to the international break, and the Reds will need to use their winning momentum to produce the same intensity, relentless energy and offensive speed against United.
If they do, Klopp’s impressive record against Mourinho may well continue.