Jose Mourinho faces possibly one of the most defining games of his managerial career on Saturday, with his Chelsea side welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.After a wholly uninspiring start to their Premier League title defence, which has seen them lose half of their 10 league games and eight of their 16 in all competitions, the Portuguese’s future is reportedly hanging in the balance.Mourinho has never truly experienced a malaise like it during his many years of dominance at the top of the European game – and the pressure appears to be taking its toll. While the FA charges are racking up, rumours of internal mutiny won’t go away.So, if history has anything to go by, a showdown with the Reds at the weekend could be the perfect tonic.Since Mourinho first graced English football in 2004, the two sides have clashed an amazing 41 times in all competitions.They’re often titanic occasions too, ranging from their ding dong Champions League nights in the Rafael Benitez era to last season’s intense League Cup semi-final affair.And Mourinho appears to have a stranglehold over the Merseysiders in Premier League matches – as indicated below: Jose Mourinho 1 11821177 PlayedWonDrawnLostGoals scoredGoals conceded Mourinho’s second era in west London maintained a similar dominance over Liverpool too, with the Reds currently on an eight game winless run against the Blues. In fact, the only occasion the Reds have triumphed over a Mourinho side in league matches came back in January 2007, when Dirk Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant earned a 2-0 win at Anfield.The most famous of those recent meetings came when the 52-year-old masterfully orchestrated the collapse of the Reds’ title chances in May 2014. Steven Gerrard’s slip may be the most resonating incident from the game, but Mourinho’s defensive tactics blunted an Anfield frontline which had previously been scoring goals for fun.If Saturday’s mouthwatering showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s men proves fruitful again for Mourinho, it will go some way to answering his critics. The ramifications if it doesn’t, however, could be critical for the ‘Special One’.
"If Mourinho loses this record on Saturday, his Chelsea days may be well and truly numbered…"