Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho still considers Liverpool as title challengers as his side prepare to face the struggling Reds at Anfield on Saturday.
It has been a struggle for Brendan Rodgers’s men and the absence of last season’s top goal scorers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has considerably hampered their attacking game.
The strike duo, once dubbed SAS by the media, notched up 52 league goals between them last season – a figure which was higher than the total goals scored of 11 Premier League sides.
This season, with Suarez in Barcelona and Sturridge currently in the treatment room, the Merseysiders have scored just 13 league goals – averaging less than half of what they achieved last year.
Despite all the statistics pointing towards a struggle at Anfield, Mourinho feels that the Blues’ opponents this weekend are still in the title race as he talked up the Reds in his pre-match press conference.
“They are fighting for the title the same as we are. Of course one is a few points in front but I think they are in the title race,” he is quoted as saying by the official Chelsea website.
Mourinho’s words may come as a surprise given the two clubs’ differences in fortunes so far this campaign, but the Portuguese coach isn’t new to using words in the media to his advantage.
His infamous ‘big horse, little horse’ quotes last season certainly got a number of observers talking, although his ‘maybe next year we can race’ comments are certainly starting to take form now.