By Editor Wayne Veysey

The crisis enveloping Jose Mourinho took another twist today when it was reported that a Chelsea first-teamer would “rather lose than win” for Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho’s future as manager is hanging by a thread after the club slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool yesterday, their sixth Premier League loss of the season.

Football Insider revealed last Tuesday how a rift between Mourinho and skipper John Terry has been key to the team’s wretched run of results, while sources close to the dressing room have claimed that some of the senior players are not listening to the Portugese.

According to BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson, the manager’s relationship with Eden Hazard is severely damaged, while one player has spoken of preferring defeat to a Mourinho-managed victory.

Speaking on Sunday morning, Sportsweek’s Richardson said: “Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player.

“The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.

Deepening division: Jose Mourinho's relationship with Eden Hazard is under strain

Deepening division: Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Eden Hazard is under strain

“I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.

“Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’. Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.”