If Jose Mourinho is talking about your side, then you must be a threat to the ambitions he harbours for Chelsea this season.
After going a little quiet on Manchester City and Arsenal in the past week or so, he turned his attentions to Liverpool after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham.
He has mentioned Liverpool once or twice this season, and the the absence of European football is an advantage for them in the title race.
Liverpool haven’t denied it, Steven Gerrard even said that being fresh going into every game is an advantage for the Reds compared with the other sides if they are to claim an improbable first title in 24 years.
Mourinho said: “When we speak about the Champions League and the title race we have to speak about Liverpool.
“Because, Liverpool, since the beginning of the season, have one match every week. They rest, they prepare, they recover, they prepare, they play, they have a day off. This is a big, big advantage.”
He has also made a comment which seemed to be directed at Luis Suarez, labelling him the king of the penalties but that might be because he does get fouled a lot - and to take some attention away from Samuel Eto'o who you could argue went down under minimal, if any, contact against Tottenham.
As has been said several times, Liverpool weren’t expected to be so in the mix in what appears to be one of the more unpredictable football seasons. Having finished 28 points off the Champions last season in seventh place, it was a pretty big gap for the Reds to make up, and a more plausible challenge will have been to try to break into the Champions League.
Mourinho will go on about the big advantage Liverpool have now – but there are advantages that Chelsea had. They have had the lure of Champions League football throughout the time Liverpool have gone without it and the financial muscle to attract the best players.
Without that attraction, to get where Liverpool are now is a terrific achievement. And if they cement their place in the Champions League places, having that promise next season is only going to help them bring in quality players.
As far as this season goes Brendan Rodgers just keeps focusing on the next game, which he is wise to do. He knows Mourinho better than the other managers involved in the title fight so should know how to play him.
It is a massive compliment that with ten games to play, the Chelsea boss has something to say about the Liverpool side that is currently lurking ominously behind them.
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