Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge was billed by almost everyone as the game manager Jose Mourinho must not lose to keep his job.
While Chelsea remain reluctant to sack Mourinho despite Saturday’s 1-3 defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which left them in 15th place, with 10 points away from the top four and a measly four above the relegation zone..
There are indications that they will re-evaluate the position if the champions continue to struggle amid persistent rumours of discontent within the dressing room.
However, when Mourinho was asked after the loss to Liverpool whether he thought this would be his final game in charge and his instant response was: “No.”
Mourinho received a public vote of confidence from the club after the side were beaten at home by Southampton last month, but the pressure is mounting on him after his team’s sixth defeat in 11 matches.
The Chelsea manager was also assured by members of the board he will be given more time to revive his ailing team.
The latest show of support from the hierarchy is understood to have been accompanied by a message that results need to improve quickly.
On the other hand, new Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his first Premier League win over Chelsea.
However, the German dismisses any title talk for Liverpool.
“Are you crazy? You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?” he replied when asked about it.
“I’ve been here three weeks, round about,” the Normal One said.
“We don’t think about this. We have to think about the next game, about improving our game and our style. We can do much better than today.”
Klopp added: “We had our moments – our build-up with short passes was very good. They tried to make pressure but we could play in the spaces in between.
“I feel [the win] is deserved. We have worked hard but it’s normal if you want to win in Chelsea.”