Ahead of Manchester United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday, Jose Mourinho was asked whether Liverpool’s lack of silverware mattered. They play good football, they’re currently at the top of the table, but they haven’t won any silverware since their victory over Championship side Cardiff on penalties in the League Cup back in 2012. Their last trophy before that was the FA Cup in 2006.

Since Jurgen Klopp has come to Liverpool they have played in three finals and lost all three. In 2016 they lost in the League Cup and Europa League, two trophies United won the following season. Last season, they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Mourinho has argued that trophies matter, of course, particularly for teams who are in a position to win them, as Liverpool have been.

I don’t know if trophies matter, it depends on the way you approach it. I think trophies matter yeah, especially when you have the potential to fight for the trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy. I think sometimes to say just to say is not very intelligent.

But when you have the potential you have nothing to hide, you know from day one that your potential and your desire has a relation with the potential, because to say we want to win – everyone can say that. Another thing is to say in a conscious way in relation to the potential you have. I don’t read much but I think Jurgen told already that their objective is to win the Premier League.

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