Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed Liverpool lack strength in depth compared to the clubs competing for this season's Premier League title.
Mourinho said that while Liverpool's first eleven is as strong as their rival's, the Reds' squad is not as strong those of the Premier League's top clubs.
He feels, however, that Liverpool's lack of European football this season might work to their advantage, according to the Daily Mail.
“Liverpool are probably the club with least resources because, while their team looks as strong as the others, their squad doesn’t look quite so strong,” Mourinho said.
“At the same time, they don’t play in European competition, so they only play one match a week, so they are training, preparing and resting for the weekend match while the rest of us are playing in Europe.”
The Chelsea manager, who has worked with strong squads at Inter and Real Madrid since his departure from Chelsea in 2007, also commended Manchester City's current squad.
“I think City has the most incredible squad,” Mourinho said. “I think United is United, and history makes them contenders, too.
“Tottenham is the big spender of the summer and, because of that, they have a fantastic squad with two teams of equal players.”
He added: “At Arsenal, the manager is building a team step by step – the club is stable and buying a player like Mesut Ozil makes a difference."
Mourinho's Chelsea lost 2-0 to Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday and the Portuguese coach will be eager to get back to winning ways when his side face Schalke at home in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Blues currently sit top of their group in Europe on goal difference, but Schalke will pose a threat with the likes of Julian Draxler and Kevin-Prince Boateng amongst their ranks.
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