Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho gave a somewhat freaky response to questions about whether he still feels Liverpool are obliged to challenge for trophies due to their recent spending, comparing a football club to a house and insisting that work has to be done to the house before you can go and buy furniture.
United are 16 points behind leaders Liverpool, having won just one of their previous five Premier League games.
Yet the United manager said: "I think trophies matter, yeah".
While United boss Jose Mourinho admitted his team are "far" from being built in his own image as he prepares to face their arch rivals. 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 ...
Therefore, the report says Mourinho has lined-up Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar as a back-up target while a deal to sign Alderweireld could be resurrected as the Tottenham star will be available for just £25m in the summer. A football team is a little bit like a house.
"I don't read much but I think they (Liverpool) have said that their objective is to win the Premier League", he added. You have to do work on the house and when it's ready you buy the furniture. "You spend money on the best possible furniture and then you are ready to live in an awesome house".
The Frenchman started against Valencia in midweek, an indication he would not play against Liverpool, and his performance - although not entirely his fault - was not good enough to merit a recall. Mourinho is the most successful manager in the world and that's how it is. All of them had injuries and they were not ready.
"All of them didn't train [on Thursday] and [on Friday] there will be a little - I don't want to say test - but a little introduction to training to see the answer".
"What can I say?"