Jose Mourinho believes this season’s Premier League has been decided after Liverpool inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Manchester City at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men rode their luck as they maintained their unbeaten start, while Man City have now suffered three defeats this campaign.
Is the title race over? Five key things to know…
- Liverpool defeated Man City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
- It means after 12 league games their lead atop of the table is eight points.
- Never before has a team failed to go on and win the Premier League from this position.
- Mourinho believes the championship has already been settled.
- The former Chelsea and Man Utd boss cannot see Man City winning a third title on the bounce.
Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all got on the scoresheet with Bernardo Silva grabbing a late consolation goal, meaning the Reds hold an eight-point lead after 12 games.
Man City’s latest setback at Anfield leaves them fourth in the championship with Leicester City and Chelsea, both on 26 points, above them by a single point.
Historically no team with such a lead after this amount of games has failed to be crowned championship, which has no doubt influenced Mourinho’s thinking.
If they do end up in first place Liverpool will end a 30-year title drought, and Mourinho – now working as a pundit – has effectively ruled out Man City turning it around.
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“If you are behind you have to feel that you can reach them, if you are top of the league with a little or bigger advantage, you have to really feel it is not over,” he told Sky Sports.
“But I’m not there, I’m here, and here from my position I think it’s done unless something dramatic happens in terms of an injury situation that breaks the team.”
“But I think the team is a complete puzzle, they play exactly the way I think is adapted to the qualities of the players. They do tactically to leave Mane and Salah in that position, the work that [Roberto] Firmino does for them.
“The work that [Jordan] Henderson and [Georginio] Wijnaldum do to cover the sides to let them free for the transitions. The puzzle is really, really good.”