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Mourinho knows when Liverpool may have lost Premier League title race to City

Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has spoken his mind regarding the Premier League’s title race

Jose Mourinho believes he can pinpoint that exact moment when Liverpool lost their edge in the Premier League title race. The Reds had been way clear at the top of the league standings in December, but Manchester City have unseated them to now occupy top spot after Jurgen Klopp’s boys drew 0-0 against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

City, meanwhile, secured a nervous but ultimately precious 1-0 victory at Bournemouth earlier on Saturday and now boast of a one point lead with nine games remaining in the season. Mourinho is of the opinion that Liverpool lost their way despite being in the drivers seat when they drew with Leicester City at Anfield on January 30.

City had dropped points after losing at then struggling Newcastle United, and the Reds had the chance to extend their led to eight points heading into the fixture against the Foxes 24 hours later. However, the game ended in a 1-1 draw and Pool have now drawn three of their five matches since.

“I had that little feeling when City lost a match and Liverpool drew at home. These are the matches where you have to do it and get that opportunity,” Mourinho told beIN Sports. “When they lose one, you must win the next one. Liverpool lost a few opportunities. City lost and the next day they got the positive energy back because Liverpool drew.”

The former Real Madrid manager also revealed that he thinks City have the edge now in the race for the title, and that Liverpool will be hoping they slip up along the way. “Liverpool lost the lead, City is now top of the table. They have the destiny in their hands and Liverpool lost the control,” he added. “Two points lost here and there, they have lost a few important points to leave them in the hands of others. I think the psychological factor is very important. Now they have to think about others and not just themselves. They are thinking about two matches every weekend – their match and City’s match.”

Author’s take

It does seem like the Reds have suddenly lost all that steam and the ability to win games when the going gets tough all of a sudden, and Jose may well be right that it all started against the 2015/16 champions! The momentum is clearly with the holders, and Klopp and his boys will nervously be looking ahead and praying that Guardiola’s wards slip up somewhere, while the themselves do not go through any more speed bumps in their quest to clinch a maiden Premier League crown!

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