Jose Mourinho and Roy Keane believe that Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City has already ended the Premier League title race.
Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders moved eight points clear the top of the division after victory over their rivals at Anfield, goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealing a crucial win for the Merseyside club.
Liverpool‘s advantage has further raised hopes that the club can end their long wait for a league title, and three-time title winner Mourinho believes it will take something ‘dramatic’ to stop the club from becoming champions.
“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,” Mourinho said in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports.
“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.”
“I’m not a betting man, but I think it’s done,” Keane added.
“I’m intrigued when we talk about the demands on the modern footballer about trying to win titles. People say, ‘it’s not going to be easy… it’s not supposed to be easy.
“If it was easy, everybody would be winning league titles. Very few people win league titles. It’s meant to be tough, it’s meant to be demanding.
“When you look at the fixtures they’ve got coming up, if you’re in that Liverpool dressing room, you’d be thinking ‘bring it on’.
“They’ve got great momentum. Can there be injuries? Of course, that’s part of being part of a great club.”
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