‘There’s a media agenda against Jose Mourinho… Jurgen Klopp gets away with everything’ December 18, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Simon Jordan believes there is a clear media agenda against Jose Mourinho and the Tottenham manager is treated unfairly by the press.
The talkSPORT pundit claims the Spurs boss is routinely picked apart for his comments and touchline behaviour, while ‘demented jack-in-the-box’ Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘gets away with it’.
The two bosses clashed following Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Wednesday night, after Mourinho appeared to say something to his rival coach on the final whistle.
Mourinho later admitted he told Klopp ‘the best team lost’, and then took aim at the Reds manager’s behaviour throughout the game on the sidelines.
The Portuguese was criticised for his comments, that some say lacked respect, tact and fair play.
But, Jordan has defended the ‘box office’ coach, insisting he had every right to claim his side were the better team at Anfield.
And he believes the way the incident was reported proves there is a clear bias against ‘the Special One’ from the English media, saying he should instead be applauded for his brutal honesty and for bringing life to the Premier League.
“I do think there’s an agenda,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White, who did not agree one bit.
“Why? Because Jose Mourinho had the audacity to say, ‘I’m the Special One’, and then prove it!
“When you’re watching some demented jack-in-the-box Klopp doing everything he can to influence the fourth officials, and you’re getting a bit irritated by it…
“If Mourinho was jumping up and down on the touchline doing the histrionics that Klopp was, the media would be going *BANG* look at Mourinho.
“But Klopp? Because he’s got a $64million smile and everyone likes him, he gets away with it.
“Mourinho’s character divides opinion. He is a unique product of a game that often lacks authenticity and lacks characters.
“At the end of the game when your emotions are most prevalent, he just turned around and made a comment towards Klopp.
“And he then had the courage of his convictions that, when asked, he had the honesty to say ‘this is what I said’.
“You’ve got to admire that. You’ve got to say, ‘whether you like it or don’t, whether you agree with it or not, ‘you’ve got some balls, my friend’.
“When someone asks a question, he gives them an answer – isn’t that what we want?”
Ahead of the game, Mourinho began the mind games by taking aim at Klopp and his persistent complaints of huge injury problems in his side.
In return the Tottenham boss said he, too, has plenty of players out, and said Virgil van Dijk is Liverpool’s only ‘big injury’.
And Jordan was a big fan of that, saying more people should pull Klopp up on his behaviour.
“His pre-match press conference was absolutely brilliant! I’m sick to the back teeth of hearing Klopp telling me how many injuries he’s got.
‘I think it’s interesting for Mourinho to push back and say, ‘let’s have a look at your players’.
“I think he’s box office, I think he brings a level of interest to the game that supersedes the standard ‘it’s a game of two halves’ mentality we’ve had to listen to for years.
“Tottenham had a game plan – they ceded position to Liverpool, had one attack and *BANG* a goal.
“Then they came out for the second half and took it to Liverpool and Liverpool didn’t look anything like they did.
“Spurs had three chances that were almost copper-bottomed, and then Liverpool had a header in the 89th minute that won it.
“So I think Mourinho is well within his right to say the better side lost.”