Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has spoken up the ‘achievement’ of finishing second to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
They currently sit 16 points behind the Sky Blues, but are clear of us in second place, despite Jurgen Klopp’s side playing a much more exciting brand of football and earning plenty ore superlatives throughout the season.
“Manchester City is not important for me. What is important for me is that since the moment we left first position and went to second, we stayed there for the whole of the season,” he said, reported in the Echo.
“We deserved to be second, in spite of what you can say, the criticisms you make. You all say the third, fourth, fifth, sixth (placed teams) are better than us, but they’re not, because we have more points than them.”
It’s a cliched saying in football, but the table doesn’t lie. United are two points ahead of us with a game in hand – because they deserve to be.
We’ve played a more exciting brand of football, but they’ve been more consistent.
Our habit of destroying a side one week and struggling the next is why we’re fighting for a top four spot and not first place.
That being said, our side has far more potential than Mourinho’s – and long-term – it feels as if Liverpool are in a much healthier position.
We’d feel much happier about finishing 3rd behind United though if we advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League…
In order to do so, we’ll have to beat their local rivals City in the quarterfinals, with the first leg to be played at Anfield on Wednesday.