EPL: Jose Mourinho insists he does not fear for his job after latest defeat
Philippe Coutinho strikes twice as Liverpool beat Chelsea 3-1 to pile pressure on under-fire Blues boss Jose Mourinho
London: Under-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted that he did not fear for his job after his side's wretched season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Saturday.
Philippe Coutinho scored twice and Christian Benteke was also on target at Stamford Bridge as Liverpool condemned the misfiring Premier League champions to their sixth defeat of a torrid campaign.
Mourinho's position has come under intense scrutiny on account of his team's desperate form, with some reports suggesting he is close to being sacked, and Liverpool's supporters goaded him with chants of: "You're getting sacked in the morning!"
But when asked if he thought he had presided over the last game of his second stint at Chelsea, he replied: "No, I don't."
He also replied in the affirmative when asked if he thought he would be given time to turn the situation around by owner Roman Abramovich.
Returning to a well-worn theme, Mourinho suggested that his team had been the victims of poor refereeing decisions, but said that he would be "punished by the FA" for speaking his mind.
Mourinho was fined £50,000 ($76,560, 69,370 euros) and given a suspended one-game stadium ban by the FA earlier this month for criticising the referee following his side's 3-1 home defeat by Southampton.
Coutinho's goal questioned
The 52-year-old was aggrieved that Coutinho's first goal, which cancelled out Ramires' fourth-minute opener, had been scored after the scheduled two minutes of first-half stoppage time had elapsed and that Lucas Leiva had avoided a second yellow card for a trip on Ramires.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the EPL match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
"There are things that are out of our hands," he said. "Two minutes extra time, we concede the goal on two minutes 35 seconds and then what happened in the second half. Everything is a consequence of some crucial moments, moments that the stadium saw."
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp conceded that Lucas may have been fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for felling Ramires. I'm not sure it was a foul," said the German, who recorded his first league win as Liverpool manager.
"If you want to win at Chelsea, you need a little bit of luck. Maybe in this situation we had a little bit of luck. I'm not sure. That's football," he said.