Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels Liverpool are genuine title challengers. The Reds' lack of European football is an advantage, says Mourinho.

"Liverpool are in a similar situation to us. They didn't start the season as top favourites, they have a couple of very experienced players, like Stevie Gerrard and the central defenders.

"They are also a very young team and developing, with a manager who is very good. But the fact they don't play Champions League is very important for them.

"When the Champions League comes, it's a big thing for the other teams. Liverpool only play one match every week, and that makes a real difference at the end of the season, March to May. This can play a big role."

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