There are clear parallels to be drawn with Manchester United's upcoming visit to Liverpool and the same fixture last season. "We just trust the players that are going to help". It is still the lowest possession they have had in a Premier League game since Opta began collecting such data.
Some labeled it a betrayal of United's attacking heritage, especially on the back of three consecutive offseasons of heavy spending.
At least this time, it is the opener to the Premier League round of matches starting at 12:30 BST on Saturday, rather than the last game as it was on a Monday night in 2016.
One year on and the difference - if there is one - is that United go into the game on a high.
"Do I like to go to Anfield?" His emotions, the way he coaches the team, the way he jumps around, the way he shows his desire to win, that fits the club. "Yes", said Mourinho, who has won 11 of his 25 games against Liverpool as a manager.
The international break is not bad because of the extra games played.
"We have to prove nothing".
Injuries might have an effect on the potential flow of the game. Letting Liverpool have the ball works and Mourinho is a manager happy to do it. In all competitions since, the Reds are 1-4-2.
Despite only just returning from a domestic suspension, following his nasty collision with Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, Mané has now been ruled out for six weeks after picking up an injury whilst on international duty.
"The fans are little more different to Man Utd".
However, Liverpool have produced some impressive displays this season, including their brilliant performance in the 4-0 victory over Arsenal back in August.
It doesn't get any easier for Crystal Palace.
"Liverpool doesn't have one yet".
At home, this has resulted in one win, two draws and two losses, while away Klopp's record is six wins, three draws and six losses. It is their problem, not our problem.
Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have returned to Liverpool training ahead of Saturday's Premier League showdown with fierce rivals Manchester United. "At the same time, in these kinds of matches, every single moment plays a part".