Liverpool's title challenge is all but over after their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City this evening. They were in the game for periods, but City were always on top even before Alisson Becker made two horrific mistakes.
While they have had a huge number of injury issues, it's fair to say that Liverpool have not been anywhere near good enough in recent times. They can certainly have few complaints about their current predicament.
Their sights are now set on securing a top four finish, but Roy Keane believes this is indicative of a poor attitude at Anfield this season.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, the former Ireland captain said that Liverpool have been 'bad champions' due to the way they have went about retaining their title.
🗣 "They are making a lot of excuses, to me they've been bad champions."
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We spoke before the game, they are making a lot of excuses. To me they've been bad champions.
I don't just mean today, you can lose a game of football. I can't figure this group out. I keep looking at them, and even in the game in midweek against Brighton, Brighton were comfortable during the game. You can get beaten in a game but there's a way to get beaten.
I think maybe they all believed the hype over the last year or two. They're playing for a big team in Liverpool. It's as if they won the league last year and all got a bit carried away and all believed their own hype that they were going to beat teams.
In my mindset, when you won a league title your next challenge was 'can you do it again'. I never got the impression from this group with their interviews last year and even the manager when they won it, it wasn't 'what's the next step for Liverpool', it was let's enjoy this and that it's a long way from 30 years.
I never heard any of the players come out and say we want to do it again. That's the key. They're now talking about trying to get in the top four from winning the league last year, all of a sudden they're talking about top four is where their targets are.
Liverpool's season could take an even worse turn over the next ten days, with a league game against Leicester City next weekend quickly followed by a Champions League tie with RB Leipzig.