Jose Mourinho questions Liverpool's chances of winning Premier League title
Li Xiang

Jose Mourinho, former manager of Premier League's Manchester United, has cast doubt on Liverpool's ability to win the championship this season while commentating for Qatar's beIN Sports on Sunday.

Though they are in intense competition with Manchester City for the title, Liverpool failed to claim a victory against Everton, a team that only ranked No.10 on the standings table. The team's forward Mohamed Salah missed two one-on-one opportunities against the goalkeeper as Liverpool had to accept a goalless draw.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the 0-0 game against Everton, March 3. /VCG Photo

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool in the 0-0 game against Everton, March 3. /VCG Photo

"I think Liverpool are not the same as they were a few months ago, where everything was going in their direction. The Salah chance would be a goal. These little things, I don't think they are as they were before. He would have scored six weeks ago with his right foot, with a deflection, with a rebound," said Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager also pointed out that some of Liverpool's players were not in top form. For example, James Milner and Roberto Firmino should have been in the first-lineup but were not so because they still needed time to find themselves.

Mourinho emphasized that for teams aiming for the championship, games against weaker opponents were all must-wins, especially when the season is coming to an end. Manchester City on Saturday also played a tough game against Bournemouth but they managed to win 1-0 and that's why they led by one point over Liverpool on the table.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United /VCG Photo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United /VCG Photo

Mourinho did not forget about his last employer, Man United. He said that though clubs might be able to play some good games after getting a new boss, it would not work in the long-term.

"Can (Fulham) get a better manager than Claudio? Not at all. Can you compare the experience between Claudio and Scott, who is going to coach a team for the first time? Not at all. But sometimes in football, and you have the example with my former club, that sometimes changes on the immediate -- I don't believe too much in these changes in the long term -- but these changes on the immediate, there are sometimes some positive results," said Mourinho.

Though he did not specify, clearly "the Special One" he was talking about is the Red Devils that hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after firing him. In his third season with Man United, Mourinho did not help the team achieve the performance expected and had conflicts with the club. By contrast, since Solskjaer took over, the team has been doing much better, winning 13 of the following 16 games and losing only one.