Title favourites ? Mourinho's claims about Liverpool are wrong!

Mourinho Dugout

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's latest mind games have put the spotlight on Liverpool (as well as Arsene Wenger!).

In a recent interview, the Special One asserted, quite reasonably some would say, that the Reds are benefiting immensely from their lack of European action.

He told the Daily Mail: 'I am sure it is a four-horse race now. They have a big advantage because they don’t play in the Champions League.

'If Brendan (Rodgers) has a chihuahua, it is one that trains a lot and rests a lot. The other dogs, they don’t train a lot because they play a lot and they don’t rest because they play every three days.

'And when the Barclays Premier League goes to the crucial point, we all will have to play Champions League at the same time'.

For once, Mourinho isn't being outrageous - he simply states the obvious; no football during midweek helps Liverpool stay fresh for their weekend matches, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City (and even Manchester United) are all involved in Europe's top competition. This worldview, of course, also allows Mourinho to heap more pressure on Rodgers and his Liverpool side.

But, in truth, there's more to it than that - it isn't just Liverpool's lack of European football that has got them into their current position. Of course, it's a huge plus point for Rodgers not to have to deal with extra games - especially with his paper-thin squad; remember, the distraction of the Europa League did the Reds no particular favours last campaign.

But Liverpool have been out of Europe altogether before - the season before Rodgers took over, the club wasn't involved in European competition, yet still finished 8th (although were involved in 2 Cup Finals)

The main reason Liverpool are such a revered force at the moment, however, is momentum. The Reds are in top form, and the next big match can't come around quick enough. In fact, you could even argue that playing well against Europe's best would have resulted in even better domestic form, such is the strong desire of the club, players and fans to return to playing against Europe's elite.

Do you agree with Mourinho's comments about the Reds' title chances ?

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