How Jurgen Klopp’s Stamford Bridge landmark helped end Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea bond

The resignation was obvious in his voice, and many hoped that it would soon be on paper too.

Jose Mourinho cut a haunting figure on Halloween 2015, when his Chelsea side had just lost for the sixth time in their opening 11 Premier League games of the season to slump to 15th in the table.

It was Liverpool who had beaten them this time, 3-1 and in a manner that underlined just why their new manager was being hailed as a revolutionary while Chelsea’s old one was beginning to look like yesterday’s man.

“I can’t express my feelings in any way at all,” Mourinho told BBC Sport after the match.




“You are not just here to interview me. You are also here to see the game. What I see from my players was good until the moment they felt it was impossible to do better.

“The fans are not stupid, I don’t need to tell them anything. They know how much myself and the players are trying.

“They know why they are getting bad results. The fight goes on, but sometimes there are fights very impossible to win.”



Mourinho would leave Chelsea just six weeks later

Impossible to win. It was beginning to become the Chelsea mantra.

For Liverpool though, there was only celebration.

Following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers for overseeing form that was far better than Chelsea’s, new manager Jurgen Klopp had seen his side draw three successive matches against Tottenham , Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and then Southampton , before Bournemouth were beaten in the League Cup with a Nathaniel Clyne goal.



Klopp got his first Premier League win that day

That goalless game at Spurs, his first in charge, is often remarked upon as it showcased the relentless pressing and running that would soon become a Liverpool trademark, but on this day at Chelsea were was quality too.

The Reds had fallen behind when Ramires scrambled in from close range after just four minutes, but Klopp’s side refused to buckle against hosts who were desperate for a win and to prolong an excellent record in this fixture.



Coutinho scored twice for the Reds

It was the first time that Klopp was able to field what would become his preferred front three of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, and Coutinho fired the Reds level with a brilliant effort on the stroke of half-time that flicked off John Terry as it went in.

Then with the scores level just after the hour mark, Klopp demonstrated a commitment to attacking football that was beginning to mark the likes of him out from the likes of Mourinho.

He brought on Christian Benteke for James Milner, pushing the Belgian upfront and allowing Coutinho and Firmino to play off him. And it worked.



Chelsea were struggling near the foot of the table

With Benteke causing havoc, Coutinho fired in a fine second with 16 minutes remaining, before Benteke rounded things off with a third in front of miserable home fans.

For Klopp, much of the post-match questioning was about Mourinho.

“I feel for him,” he said .

“He’s a great coach. I don’t think anyone in this room doubts he’s one of the best in the world.



Benteke wrapped up the scoring

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“Things like this happen. I had a similar situation at Dortmund last year. The good thing was no-one in the club was in doubt of my situation. I feel for him of course, but it’s work.”

It’s been largely good work ever since.

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