Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp and the FA over Liverpool’s dismissal of the FA Cup, stating: "He does what he wants."
Klopp’s Reds face Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday evening, having thrown away a two goal lead at Greenhous Meadow.
But the German and his senior stars will not be in attendance at Anfield, after the decision was made to play a youth team against Sam Ricketts’ men.
Liverpool Under-23 boss Neil Critchley will take charge of the team, which could be captained by Curtis Jones - a move that would make him their youngest-ever skipper.
Klopp insisted last week that his decision made sense with the authorities to blame for not giving players more of a break - having already been frustrated by December’s League Cup-Club World Cup saga.
"What difference would it make? Why should I be there?” stated the Reds boss.
Shrewsbury chief Ricketts believes the decision will cost the League One side around £500,000.
Now Mourinho has offered his thoughts on the subject, taking a swipe at the Liverpool coach and also, seemingly, the Football Association over their lack of response.
"Jurgen Klopp is Jurgen Klopp,” said Mourinho on Tuesday, speaking ahead of Spurs' Wednesday night replay against Southampton.
"He does what he wants. He does what his board want him to do or allows him to do.
"He does what the rules allow him to do or does not allow him to do. He does what he wants.”
The Spurs boss, asked whether he would follow Klopp’s example, replied: "If you ask me if I prefer to play tomorrow or already have the boys on holidays I prefer to play tomorrow.
"To have them on holidays would mean that we are knocked out in the first game in Southampton and it is better to draw.
"It is another extra effort for the boys and we don't have many of them in this moment.
"But I prefer, the fans also prefer. They have been in the stadium against Middlesbrough in the last round and I think they are going to be there tomorrow again.
"Let's go. We are in the competition, so until we aren't we will fight."