The Blues closed the gap at the top of the table back to two points as they ended the Reds’ 11-game league winning streak with a disciplined showing on Merseyside.
Goals from Demba Ba – who profited from a Steven Gerrard slip – and Willian secured the win, but Chelsea’s hopes of claiming English football’s top prize are still out of their hands.
Manchester City, arguably, now have the momentum, with their game in hand possessing the potential to put them top of the pile on goal difference.
Although his Chelsea team are still involved in a three-way battle for the trophy, Mourinho says that they are not likely to be at the summit when the final whistle of game 38 sounds:
“We’re back in nothing. At this moment we are almost third. With Everton’s defeat (on Saturday) we were automatically qualified for the Champions League.” He told Sky Sports.
“Now with these three points we need one point to finish third.
“Champions are only one (team) and the champions will be City or Liverpool.”
Chelsea’s defensive tactics at Anfield were criticised by many, but Mourinho says that the result justifies his decision:
“It was about winning. We deserved to win, no doubt about it. It’s as simple as this.”