Trent Alexander-Arnold has claimed Liverpool will make “no excuses” for their poor form after the 4-1 humbling by Manchester City.
The Reds’ hopes of retaining the Premier League title look almost gone after a run of just two wins in their last nine league encounters.
City moved ten points clear of the champions after Phil Foden inspired them to the brilliant win at Anfield.
Liverpool have come in for harsh criticism following the defear, with Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane labelling them as “bad champions” who have made too many excuses.
"We spoke before the game – they are making a lot of excuses. To me they've been bad champions," he said.
"I think maybe they've believed 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."
But taking to social media, Alexander-Arnold said his side simply needed to be better in order to turn their season around.
“We know we’ve let ourselves and the fans down today,” he posted. “No excuses. It just has to be better to finish the season strong.
“We’ll give it everything.”
The England right-back endured a difficult afternoon up against Raheem Sterling as his own personal struggles continued.
There have been calls for him to be taken out of the firing line in recent weeks, with the player himself admitting he is not at his best.
"Me? No. There's been times this season I felt like I've been playing quite well," he said last week.
"Recently I've been trying to get back into that rhythm I was talking about earlier from a personal point of view.
"It's been a tough reason in that respect in just trying to find that rhythm and get back into it and just letting things happen naturally. It's been quite difficult.
"But again there's no excuses. I want to try to make things happen for the team and perform as well as I can to help us win games and that's what I'm trying to do."
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