'I just hope that Jurgen wins the Champions League' - Jose Mourinho wants Liverpool to be kings of Europe
Jose Mourinho paid a glowing tribute to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after his side's remarkable Champions League comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
Liverpool's success in overturning a 3-0 semi-final first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win at Anfield against the newly re-crowned Spanish champions sent shockwaves through European football, with two-time Champions League inning coach Mourinho suggesting the mastermind of Liverpool's triumph deserved all the credit.
"I have to say that for me, this comeback has one name – Jurgen," declared former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Mourinho in his role as a beIN Sport analyst.
"I think this is not about tactics, this is not about philosophy, this is about heart and soul, and a fantastic empathy he created with this group of players.
"They had the risk of finishing a fantastic season without anything to celebrate, and now they are one step from being European champions.
"The work they are doing in Liverpool is fantastic, but I think this is about him, this is a reflection of his personality, don't give up, a fighting spirit, every playing giving everything.
"He's not crying because he's missing a player, he's not crying because they are playing 50 or 60 matches per season.
"Other coaches in other leagues they are crying, saying their players are playing too many matches when they play 30 or 35 matches.
"Everything I think it is all is about Jurgen's mentality. I just hope that Jurgen wins the Champions League finally because he lost already two Champions League finals and also a Europa League final. I think he deserves to make it happen because the work he does is fantastic."