Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane give their verdict on Liverpool’s title credentials after Man City victory


Jose Mourinho
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The reigning European champions extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 8-points with a resounding 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane were unanimous in their assertions that Liverpool would go on to lift the Premier League title after seeing off Man City on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men, who haven’t lost a league game at home for nearly two years, put Pep Guardiola’s side to the sword with a combination of defensive strength and attacking flair.

Controversies aside, it was a spectacular display of their title credentials by a Liverpool side which now enjoys an 8-point lead at the top of the table over 2nd placed Chelsea, with major challengers Man City facing a 9-point deficit.

The Reds’ performance on Sunday allowed both Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane, two figures who aren’t loved at the Merseyside for their association with Liverpool’s rival clubs, to claim that the Reds have everything to end their 30-year wait for a Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho – I can’t see Liverpool slipping up

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

During his post-match analysis in the Sky Sports studio, the former Chelsea manager claimed that the Premier League title race is over unless something drastic happens between now and May.

“If you are behind [in the title race], you have to feel like you can reach them. If you are top of the league with a big advantage, you have to feel like it is not over,” said Mourinho.

“But I am 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. I feel the way they play is adapted to the qualities of the players.

“City are capable of winning seven, eight, nine matches in a row, but I can’t see how Liverpool can lose this advantage of nine points to them.”

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Roy Keane – Premier League title race is done

Und heute: Patrick Viera und Roy Keane mögen sich wieder. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The former Manchester United midfielder who won seven league titles during his stay at Old Trafford tipped Jurgen Klopp’s side to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of this season.

‘I’m not a betting man, but yeah I think it’s done,’ the Manchester United legend told Sky Sports when asked if the title race was over,’ said the Man United legend.

‘It’s not supposed to be easy. If it was easy everyone would win league titles. But it’s not, it’s meant to be tough and demanding, and that’s why when you get there it’s absolutely fantastic.’

‘They’ve been doing it for the last two/three years. The way they’re playing is fantastic.

‘And on top of everything they’ve got, they look like a fit team. Energy on top of quality gives you a great chance.’

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