Souness highlights Mane moment as example of Liverpool’s change in attitude

Graeme Souness has criticised Liverpool for a change in attitude since securing their Premier League title crown – and singled out Sadio Mane as an example.

The Sky Sports pundit called out the Reds after they suffered yet another defeat on Wednesday night, this time to Arsenal, to end their hopes of a record-breaking points tally.

Mane fired the Reds ahead at the Emirates Stadium, but uncharacteristic mistakes from Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson led to goals for Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson.

The defeat means Liverpool can only get to a maximum 99 points for the season and have failed in their quest to beat Manchester City's record tally of 100.

During the game, Mane was involved in an altercation with Arsenal defender Rob Holding and the forward’s reaction to his opponent has been criticised by Souness.

He told Sky Sports: "A tell tale sign Mane’s had a bit of a wrestle up with Holding a couple of times coming off Mane has a big smile on his face.

"Normal circumstances Mane goes to war with you he’s not smiling at you he can’t wait for the second half to start to get after you again and that tells you where they are they are in their arm chairs.

"I’m not saying they’ve been in their arm chairs from the first minute to the last minute but there’s been periods in the game where they’ve drifted."

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp bemoaned his side's lack of concentration as the champions' hopes of amassing a record-breaking Premier League points tally ended with a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Klopp told Sky Sports: "Twice there was a massive lack of concentration. We took a break after 1-0. After being brilliant, it was really good, but those two moments killed the game for us.

"We chased the game and Arsenal had no more chances and we did a lot of things well but you can't win games when you concede chances like that. We have to learn from it, 100 per cent.

"We've had sloppy moments before and not been punished for it but this is good because we have to learn from it. But credit to Arsenal for being there and using it. That's why we lost."

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