Jose Mourinho has claimed Liverpool are “the lucky ones” as they bid to end a wait of nearly three decades to win the English league title.
Mourinho and his Manchester United side visit Anfield on Sunday with Liverpool 16 points ahead of their bitter rivals.
But Mourinho points to perceived good fortune enjoyed by Liverpool in
recent victories over Everton, Bournemouth and Napoli as evidence they have lady luck on their side as they challenge for their first championship since 1990.
“Of course, they are very confident about themselves,” Mourinho told
reporters. “They are top of the league, they have this feeling of – I know
that feeling well – the feeling of the lucky ones where everything goes in
“They know how they beat Everton, they know that the last match, the
opening goal was offside, and they know that against Napoli in the last
seconds they could be out.
“They have this feeling that I also had when my teams were top of the
league and it looks like everything goes in your direction.”
Klopp’s side certainly benefitted from a stroke of luck when a defensive
error gifted them a stoppage-time victory in the Merseyside derby, although a clearly offside opening goal by Mohamed Salah at Bournemouth was only the first of four scored by the rampant Reds.
And, while the midweek victory over Napoli was only confirmed when Alisson made a spectacular late save, the success carried last season’s Champions League runners-up through to the last 16 and has further raised the mood of optimism around Anfield.