Carragher picks the team he wants to win PL... if Liverpool don't

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The Premier League is wide open this season.

No team remains unbeaten in a league that has seen a fair few shocks already this term.

Liverpool have lost once – a 7-2 thumping at the hands of Aston Villa – while Manchester City have lost once and drawn twice. Manchester United and Arsenal are both currently in the bottom half.

It adds up to an intriguing picture and the prospect of a new, surprise winner is becoming ever more likely.

Tottenham Hotspur have often been among the chasing pack, particularly under Mauricio Pochettino, but they now have Jose Mourinho in charge.

Spurs lost their opening game of the season but have not sustained a defeat since, despite their 3-3 draw with West Ham, and got back to winning ways on Monday night as they defeated a stubborn Burnley side 1-0.

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Heung-Min Son is the current top scorer in the league, while Harry Kane is the leading assists maker, and that has heightened the chances of the club mounting a surprise title challenge.

And Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender, believes that Spurs would be the ideal Premier League champions if the Reds fail to retain their crown.

Speaking on Sky Sports, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, he said: "I want Liverpool to win the league, obviously but I’d love to see Mourinho win again.

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“Because even though we talk on here about tactics and systems and different things and we love it, we get ingrained in it.

“Mourinho’s had so much thrown at him. He’s yesterday’s man, his football’s from a different era. All these different things - fresh managers, whatever.

“I’d love to see Mourinho win again in terms of sticking two fingers up to me and him or different people or the press, the papers, whoever is out there.

“I think it would be a good story in some ways for Mourinho to do that again.

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“For what he’s achieved in his career, I think he gets a lot of criticism because he does rub people up the wrong way at times with his press conferences or how he goes about certain things.

“But I think it would be nice in some ways to see him win, and maybe win a different way.

“I’m not for all this ‘you have to play a certain way’ or ‘only this way can win’.

“I’d love to see Mourinho win - if Jurgen didn’t.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

The ingredients are there for a surprise winner and Mourinho has been there and done it all.

He has won a trophy at every club he has managed since his breakthrough at Porto, and is hoping to do exactly the same again at Spurs.

With the big sides faltering, and Kane and Son in the form of their lives, there is nothing to say that the north London club cannot grind out the results needed to find their way to a first ever league title in the modern era.

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It will be difficult, of course, and they will need to find some defensive consistency – their clean sheet against Burnley was their first of the league season – but it is why Mourinho was brought in.

As Carragher says, it would be an incredible story if the Portuguese was the man to finally turn the club into champions.

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