Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is “a guy I like a lot.”
The two will go head to head as the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
And much is being made of the supposed rivalry between the two charismatic managers.
But Mourinho has played down any talk of hostility ahead of the clash.
“For Jurgen, I just say, I’m not a close friend because football doesn’t allow that.” he said.
“He is a guy I like a lot and we have a good relationship.
“As a manager, his work speaks for itself.
“In spite of last season, which we have to forget, he is one of the top managers in Europe.” he finished.