By Emma Sanders
Jordan Henderson has claimed Jose Mourinho’s presence in the Manchester United dug-out at Anfield on Monday night will spur his side on even more.
Liverpool’s skipper is clearly still hurting over his side’s near title-winning season in 2013-14 and the role Mourinho played in preventing the Reds’ winning the league.
The 26 year-old told the Liverpool Echo newspaper he hasn’t forgotten the game against Chelsea when Mourinho was manager.
Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip proved ultimately costly but Mourinho’s tactics that day proved essential as Chelsea were able to clinch a victory against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
“I will never forget the Chelsea game at Anfield when we lost and we were going for the title,” said Henderson.
“It was really difficult to watch. We were on fire really and the way they played the game, very slow, sat in, it was very clever from Jose.
“Throw-ins, goal-kicks, they were taking forever and that got everyone worked up in the stadium. It worked to their advantage in the end.
“They got the result they came for and the one that had a big impact on the title race so I will never really forget that.
“He [Jose] is a world-class manager and he has shown that in the clubs he has been at so it will be a tough game [against Manchester United.]”
Henderson is hoping his presence will spur the players on even more as Liverpool go head-to-head with their rivals on Monday evening.
Mourinho took charge of Manchester United on 27th May 2016 and so far has had an up and down season.
They currently sit in seventh place, in contrast to Liverpool who are holding a Champions League spot in fourth.
Mourinho has beaten a team coached by Jurgen Klopp’s just once, losing on two occasions against Borussia Dortmund and once as Chelsea boss last season.