16 Feb 2014

Jose Mourinho turns Liverpool booster

11:45 am on 16 February 2014

It could be mind games - and this is Jose Mourinho we're talking about - but the Chelsea manager tipping in-form Liverpool to emerge as serious challengers for the English Premier League football title this season may be simply honesty too.

With Mourinho's side currently top of the table, it may look like the Portuguese coach's usual diversion tactics.

But fourth-placed Liverpool are just four points adrift of the Blues after winning five of their last seven league games, drawing two. The Reds' last loss was at the end of 2013, a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

And Mourinho feels Brendan Rodgers' men have a major advantage given their lack of European involvement.

Chelsea, second-placed Arsenal and third-placed Manchester City have Champions League last 16 ties looming, with all three holding ambitions of a long run in Europe's elite club competition.

That could benefit Liverpool and although they are still outsiders to win the title with most bookmakers, Mourinho claims they have to be taken seriously.