Jose Mourinho seemingly predicted that Liverpool’s intelligent investment in recent seasons would cause a shift in power in the Premier League, according to the Echo.
The former Manchester United manager spoke in August 2018 about how Liverpool were “buying” the title by investing well.
And his words appears to foreshadow a transition in power in the English top flight as Liverpool won the Champions League trophy and finished just short of the Premier League title while United limped into a Europa League spot at the end of the season.
“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams,” said Mourinho.
“Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody. If we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”
He added: “I think Liverpool are trying to buy the title, but when I say buying I mean ‘buying’ with amazing investment.
“I think if you have the money, if you invest well, is better than to have it in the bank, because the interests are very low.
“The problem is you have to invest well and honestly I think they did very well because every player they bought are quality players and I’m happy for them.
“But maybe this season finally you demand that [Liverpool] win.
“You, I think, you have to be fair and now you have to demand and say the team with investments, who are making investments that they started making last season, not just this season, last season.
“I don’t see another team getting close to that level of investment, a team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate.
“You have to win.”