WATCH: Jose Mourinho makes bold Liverpool prediction as he forms improbable TV double act with Arsene Wenger
Jose Mouronho has backed Liverpool to appear in a third successive Champions League final next season, as he created headlines aplenty during his appearance as a TV analyst alongside old foe Arsene Wenger.
There was little love lost between Mourinho and Wenger during their time sparring as Premier League managers, yet the duo appeared to be on good terms as they worked together for beIN Sports as analysts for the Champions League final.
"Why Liverpool can't do three finals in a row with this good team, good spirit...why not a third?— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) June 1, 2019
Jose Mourinho on who he thinks will challenge for the Champions League trophy next season and reveals why former club Chelsea isn't one of them.#beINUCL #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/I9hdohXRkI
While both agreed Saturday's match between Tottenham and Liverpool failed to live up to its billing, former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho suggested Liverpool's sixth European title could be followed by a seventh in 2020.
"With Real Madrid it's three in a row. Why can't Liverpool do three finals in a row. I think it's possible," stated Mourinho.
"Why Liverpool, with this good team, with this good spirit, with this good empathy. The club, the manager, the players, the fans. Why not a third?'
"I was writing here the teams that want to win the Champions League. Juventus, Bayern (Munich), PSG, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid. You have seven or eight teams."
"Anfield played a big part in this. Today was not Anfield but was Anfield during the knockout competition. They brought a little bit of Anfield here too.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) June 1, 2019
"It's a special place."
Jose Mourinho on how Liverpool's crowd gives them something "extra".#beINUCL #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/WVMyMPc4ys
Mourinho and Wenger paused their broadcast at one point to look at Liverpool fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, he the ex-Arsenal boss suggested Liverpool was a special club.
"This is more beautiful than what we can say," declared Mourinho as the Liverpool anthem rang around the stadium, with Wenger suggesting the moment was 'unique' as he offered up a glowing tribute to the club that won a sixth European title on Saturday.
"Liverpool is the city of the music, of the working class and of football. We have seen an example tonight that it goes all well together," he said.
"For everybody who has managed in England, we know Liverpool is a special place for football and that is why they can always make miracles.
ICYMI: One of the iconic moments from last night as Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are left STUNNED by Liverpool fans' anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' ahead of kick-off.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) June 2, 2019
This is why we love football 🙌#beINUCL #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/oEfufJpAfX
"You have to respect what Jurgen Klopp has done with Liverpool. They need maybe, to dominate European football, to improve the technical level, But as well they might lose what is their strength at the moment – that solidarity, their fighting spirit.
"In our jobs we know we need to improve the team but then, by improving one aspect, you destroy what made you win."