Brendan Rodgers believes that Jose Mourinho would rather see Liverpool win the Premier League title than Manchester City if his own Chelsea side cannot come out on top.

The three clubs are the only sides left with a chance of lifting the trophy as the season enters its climax, with the Reds currently favourites due to their five point lead at the summit.

Liverpool and Chelsea will meet later today at Anfield in a game that could write off the Blues’ hopes of taking the top prize, but should the Londoners win the momentum would shift towards City who have a game in hand.

Rodgers – who worked as a coach under Mourinho before moving into management – says that ‘The Special One’ advised him to choose to move to Merseyside and that he would rather see them end the season as champions that Manuel Pellegrini’s side:

“He’s (Mourinho) been supportive of me wherever I have been, even in my time here,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“We might be considered a rival but I know that, if they didn’t win the league, he would want us to win it.

“I was always going to appear somewhere and thankfully it was at Liverpool.

“I was talking to him about a choice I maybe had. He told me to take the job and what a great club Liverpool was. He encouraged me about the sheer scale of the club.”

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