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Jose Mourinho defends Liverpool title winners and insists they have nothing to prove

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Jose Mourinho insists Liverpool don’t need to keep the Premier League title to prove they are real champions.

The Reds clinched their first league title in 30 years last season, running away with the title and finishing with a mammoth 99 points.

It came from being narrowly beaten in the 2018/19 title by Manchester City, despite 97 points, but they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final that season to end their seven-year drought. .

Mourinho – who is one of three men to retain the Premier League – was asked whether Liverpool’s greatness should be cemented with a second successive title, but he defended the work Jurgen Klopp has done at Anfield.

“Come on,” he said without amusement. “I think Liverpool, since this championship, they’ve lost with an incredible, I’m not saying lost, the championship that they haven’t won with an incredible number of points, since then they’ve been phenomenal.

“They lost the Champions League final, they were phenomenal. Then the next season they win the Champions League and they win the league. Come on.

“The team is the same or better. Coach is the same or better because a coach is something than a job where experience helps you to be better, so for me, always, a coach with one more year is better than he is. was before. . “

Virgil van Dijk
The absence of Virgil van Dijk has hit Liverpool hard | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Mourinho explained that the obvious reason for Liverpool’s underperformance so far this year was the absence of Virgil van Dijk and his injury had impacted both ends of the pitch.

“They have very good players,” he added. “They have lost a fundamental player. We can say whatever we want, we can try to hide things, but there are some players who are special and they are impossible to replace. Even sometimes the defensive process has to do with losing an attacking player, and sometimes the attacking process has to do with the defensive player you lost – it seems like a contradiction, but it’s not a contradiction.

“Very stable defensively is a team with much better attacking conditions and vice versa. They lost Van Dijk, very important to them, so if they had one or two results, not the best, they did not score as many goals as they produce, it is normal that they have passed in a small phase of loss of confidence and poor results. But for me, they are the same. For me, nothing changes in my outlook on Liverpool. “

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were not in their best form | Pool / Getty Images

When the question was again put to Mourinho if Liverpool needed to successfully defend their league to prove their worth, he was firmly defiant.

“No, a champion is a champion,” he said. “You win the title and you are a champion, period.”

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