After large investment in the squad this summer, Liverpool should be aiming for their first league title since 1990, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho says the expectation is on Liverpool to win their first ever Premier League this season after making a number of high-profile signings this summer.
They’ve crowned Alisson Becker the most expensive goalkeeper in history, costing £65 million, after already signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, Fabinho from Monaco and Zherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.
Last season, Liverpool finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City while reaching the Champions League final, which they lost 2-1 against Real Madrid.
Mourinho expects to see Jurgen Klopp’s side fight on all fronts next season.
“I think if you have the money, if you invest well, is better than to have it in the bank, because the interests are very low,” Mourinho told reporters with a smirk after watching his side beat AC Milan on penalties.
“The problem is you have to invest well and honestly I think they did very well because every player they bought are quality players and I’m happy for them.
“And I’m also happy to smile and to see that, you know, you can change your opinion and change as a person. It’s funny. But that’s okay.
“But maybe this season finally you demand that they win. You, I think, you have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments you are making with investments that you start making last season, not just this season, last season.
“That you made in January, that you make now, that will probably be the record of the Premier League this season, I don’t see another team getting close to that level of investment, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate. You have to win.”
Mourinho has spent quite a bit himself but, unlike Klopp, he’s won silverware at his current club.
However, it’s pleasing to see the United boss being sarcastic about Liverpool and piling the pressure on before it all kicks off because that will aggravate Liverpool fans.
Mourinho knows he has a huge job ahead of him to push City closer to the title, and I reckon Liverpool will be there or thereabouts.
The mind games have begun.