Jamie Carragher wants Jose Mourinho to win the Premier League title - only if Liverpool don't.

The Reds legend, who played 737 games during his time at Anfield, explained on Monday Night Football how both he and co-presenter Gary Neville now believe Tottenham are going to challenge for the top four under Mourinho.

And the former defender explained that he believes this could be the season for an irregular team to claim the domestic top flight crown with Liverpool having seen star centre-back Virgil van Dijk facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Manchester City "not looking right".

Tottenham beat Burnley 1-0 on Monday night and sit fifth in the table - two points behind leaders Everton and Liverpool after six games.

"They [Spurs] weren't in my top four at the start of the season because you looked at them at the end of last season," Carragher said.

"When Jose came in - you've got to remember there's no bigger fans of Mauriciio Pochettino than me and him [Neville] - that team was done, it had to move on, evolve and change the style of play and players have now come in.

"I think they had gone 12 months or something without an away win when Jose came in, it was a crazy statistic.

"They went to West Ham in his first game and he got that win. It was a bit stop-start last season - but I think his results from when he came in were about fourth or fifth best of where he thinks they should be.

"And I don't think that anyone at Tottenham from Daniel Levy to Jose Moruniho to those players thought for one minute about trying to challenge for the title this season. It will have all been about getting in the top four.

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"But because this season has been so strange, Liverpool with Van Dijk and City just don't look right - you're waiting for it to click to start again and I'm sure it will - but if there's ever going to be a chance for someone to do something it is this season.

"And I'm going to say something here as well, I want Liverpool to win the league obviously - but I'd love to see Mourinho win again.

"We talk about tactics and systems here and we love it, we get ingrained in it, but Moruinho has had so much thrown at him that he's yesterday's man and he's from a different era - all of these things and these new modern fresh managers but I'd love to see Mourinho win again to stick to fingers up to me and him or the press and papers - whoever is out there!

"It would be a good story in some ways for Moruinho to do that again. For what he has achieved, he gets a lot of criticism because of how he goes about certain things but it would be nice in some ways to see him win and win it a different way.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set for a spell on the sidelines due to an injury suffered during the Merseyside derby. Virgil will face surgery and a rehabilitation process before he is able to return for the Reds.

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"I'm not for all this you have to play a certain way and only a certain way can win. I'd love to see Mourinho win - if Jurgen didn't."