Jose Mourinho has revealed he never thought Liverpool would dominate the Premier League again this season, but admits the out-of-form champions can still win the title.
Liverpool’s title hopes have taken a significant blow following a torrid run of form in recent weeks, failing to win in their past five Premier League fixtures and failing to score in their last four league games.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won the title with a record seven games to spare last season but have now dropped to fifth, with a seven-point gap having opened up to league leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho will face the champions tomorrow evening as Spurs take on Liverpool in north London, and the Portuguese admits it would have been difficult for the Reds to have repeated their successes of last season.
However, the Spurs boss says Liverpool can still regroup and win the Premier League this season and insists tomorrow’s opponents will still believe in their chances of retaining the title.
“When you win it you know you are the best team and last season Liverpool was not just about winning it was just about winning so comfortably. They know the team they are and the players they have and they know they can do it again,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“Would anybody expect Liverpool to have a similar run of last season, winning and winning non-stop? I wouldn’t expect that because what they did is so difficult that to win it a second time in the same way is even more difficult.
“But to win the title again, they can. I think they believe they can and I think they believe what they really want. So simple”