Full transcript of Roy Keane’s furious rant on "bad champions" Liverpool

Roy Keane has accused Liverpool of being "bad champions" and has warned it could be 30 years before they win another title, after they were dismantled 4-1 by Manchester City.

Liverpool slipped to their third home loss in a row – something that hadn't happened since 1963- as their distant hopes of retaining their Premier League crown took another blow.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan (x2), Raheem Sterling and the brilliant Phil Foden condemned the Reds to defeat on an afternoon that Reds keeper Alisson will want to forget.

The Brazilian has been a remarkable signing for Klopp since making the move from Roma in 2018. But at Anfield he was left red-faced and close to tears as a series of gaffes left his side sat behind the 8-ball.

Following the defeat, Jurgen Klopp suggested that his side's main ambition would now be focused on qualifying for the Champions League, with a number of clubs sat just behind them in the table.

But in an astonishing rant on Sky Sports, former Manchester United captain Keane claimed Klopp has made too many excuses, with their injury woes not a sufficient reason for their downturn in form.

"We spoke before the game – they are making a lot of excuses. To me they've been bad champions," he began.

"You can lose a game of football but…I can't figure this group out. Looking at them, even during the week Brighton were comfortable, you can get beaten in a game – there's a way to be beaten. But I don't see that.

"I think maybe they've believe the hype over the last year or two. We spoke about there would be some sort of drop off but they're playing for a big team in Liverpool. Almost if they won the league last year and got a big carried away, believe their own hype they're going to beat teams.

"In my mindset when you've won a league title you're next challenge is 'can we do it again'. I never got the impression from this squad/group, from their interviews, even from the manager last year when they won it were they saying 'what's the next step for Liverpool?'. No. Almost let's enjoy this.

"Obviously it was a long wait, 30 years, but I never heard any of the players come out and say 'I want to do it again'. That's the key.

"Now they're talking about trying to get in the top four…from winning the league last year. The top four is now where our targets are?

"They're a huge club. They have to deal with setbacks [Virgil van Dijk]. Is that not part of the game. If players were fit the whole time it would be fantastic.

"You could look at Man City and say they're missing their two best players. They've come to Liverpool – who have a strong team, I know the two centre halves are missing but they still had their best attacking players on the pitch, still had their best goalkeeper available, they still have international players in available. And after the game I think Klopp said the keeper's feet were cold."

Ahead of the game, Klopp suggested that City had benefited from a break, after they had a fixture postponed during a Covid outbreak at the club.

Keane gave that short shrift, claiming this is simply the latest in a long line of below-par performances.

He added: "Klopp said earlier City had a break because of the virus, missed two days training. It just goes on and on and on.

"You want a reaction from Liverpool's performance against Brighton. You go to United in the FA Cup, they shipped seven earlier in the season to Villa. With Van Dijk.

"You could say it's a one off, a freak season, it's coronavirus. Just get on with it. Perform like champions.

"You're Liverpool football club it will be another 30 years before you win the league title. Trust me."

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