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Chelsea boss Mourinho faces former nemesis Klopp

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Facing a crunch match against Liverpool on Saturday, embattled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho must confront an adversary who condemned him to one of the most painful defeats of his career.Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's new manager, was in charge of the Borussia Dortmund side who ousted Real Madrid in the 2012-13 Champions League semi-finals, dashing Mourinho's dream of bringing the European Cup back to the Bernabeu in what he knew would be his final season at the club.The pair resume hostilities with Mourinho reported to be facing the sack if results do not improve after the defending champions slumped to 15th place in the Premier League and were knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City, but he has drawn hope from their recent upturn in performances.Asked how hard it would be to lift his players after they relinquished their League Cup crown at Stoke, Mourinho said: "It's difficult. But it's more difficult when you play very badly and lose, than playing well and losing."Mourinho is expected to be in the dug-out despite having been hit with a Football Association misconduct charge after being sent to the stands during last weekend's 2-1 loss at West Ham United.But the bad news continues to pile up for the 52-year-old.Young Brazilian forward Lucas Piazon, on loan at Reading, is the subject of an arrest warrant over an alleged sexual assault in Canada, while former team doctor Eva Carneiro is believed to have begun legal proceedings against the club after being sidelined by Mourinho earlier in the season.Reports differ as to the likely consequences of another defeat for Mourinho, but there is general consensus that his future at Stamford Bridge is on the line.The dismissal of Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers was a stark reminder of the cost of failure in the English top flight and while the German drew his first three games, his side will travel to London on the back of a 1-0 League Cup win over Bournemouth.

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