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Chelsea boss: Liverpool won't win the title this season

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Jose Mourinho says he doesn't believe Liverpool have the squad to win the Premier League this season.

The Reds have started well and currently sit in third place in the Premier League despite their loss to Arsenal over the weekend.

Chelsea currently sit just above Liverpool in second, five points behind league leaders Arsenal.

With both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in a rich vein of form Liverpool have been tipped as an outside bet to feature in the title race, but Mourinho believes their lack of strength in depth will count against them.

"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," he 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.

While his Chelsea side are tipped as title favourites, they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against Newcastle on Saturday.

Chelsea's main rivals this season are expected to be Manchester City, while Arsenal's strong start has seen them placed amongst the favourites by some observers.

Tottenham spent big over the summer while Manchester United could figure as they find their feet under new boss David Moyes.

When asked about who he considered his title rivals, Mourinho said: "I think [Manchester] City has the most incredible squad. I think [Manchester] 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.

"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."

The 'Special One' added that he doesn't feel the title race will be decided by the relative strengths of each contender's manager.

He explained: "I think it depends more on the players and the teams than the 'tricky' managers.

"The tricky manager is only tricky because he has the players at his disposal to be tricky.

"I keep thinking that we managers don't make miracles, we just work with the qualities our players have, so I prefer to talk about difficult teams than difficult managers."

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