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Really? Liverpool fullback Robertson: Mourinho words an inspiration

Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been an inspiration.

Some 18 months ago, Liverpool defeated Mourinho's then Manchester United side 3-1 at Anfield - a result that ultimately cost the self-styled 'Special One' his job in charge of Liverpool's old foes but before he got the push, he praised the Scot's display.

Mourinho said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball. I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible."

When asked by Sky Sports, whose words had inspired him, Robertson said: “Jose Mourinho, after we played Manchester United at Anfield.

“For us it was an incredible performance that day, I remember it. We were really good and we dominated them, our tactics were spot on.

“But for me, going into any game, a lot of people touch on the fact I run a lot and I don't really give up and stuff.

“But that's something you can always do, that's the way I look at it. There's going to be games where your touch isn't good, there's going to be games that your crossing, passing, whatever it is isn't going to be the best.

“But what you can control is you give 100% every single game, and that's what I try and do.

“Whether it's Queen's Park, whether it's Liverpool in the Champions League final, it's no different to me.

“I love playing football and we get paid to be out on that pitch playing games when it comes to a Saturday.

“That's what I love doing and that's why for the 90 minutes I believe I can run until that last whistle is blown.

“And for him (Mourinho) to say that, it did give me a lot of confidence as well."

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