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Klopp shrugs off Mourinho's claim that Liverpool must win title


By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho's attempt to ramp up the pressure on him ahead of the new campaign.

The Portuguese claimed the Reds need to win the Premier League after spending £175m on four new players this summer.

However, Klopp dismissed those suggestions ahead of the two sides' meeting in Michigan tonight in the International Champions Cup.

"One of my biggest goals in life is to make Jose smile - it doesn't happen very often," joked the German. "I don't even think it is a mind game, I think it is normal. I would never talk about Manchester United if no one asked me about it.

"I have no problem with what Jose Mourinho is saying, it is a free world and he can say whatever he wants. If he is happy about our transfers, even better.

"We know it doesn't mean you win (trophies) automatically."

Asked whether he had to win the Premier League this season, Klopp said: "I don't think so. Do I get the sack if not? Depends on the football we play."

With the world's most expensive goalkeeper Alisson his fourth and likely final signing of the summer, Klopp will be looking to trim his squad.

Liverpool have opened talks with Besiktas about the sale of Simon Mignolet but other clubs have also expressed an interest.

The 28-year-old has three years remaining on his deal.

One player who seems destined to depart is forgotten man Lazar Markovic, with the club opening talks with Greek side Olympiakos.

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