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Souness hits out at Mane; claims Liverpool stars are ‘in their armchairs’
Graeme Souness has criticised Sadio Mane and Liverpool for a lack of intensity after they suffered defeat at Arsenal.
Virgil van Dijk and Alisson were at fault as the Gunners came from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates, after Mane opened the scoring.
Mistakes from two of Liverpools most consistent performers was unusual. But the jovial response from Mane following a clash with Rob Holding clearly irked Souness.
Its not Liverpool, is it? You asked me before what we were gonna get from Liverpool and I dont know, he told Sky Sports at half-time.
Ill come back to it; you cant explain why you just drop off the pace. Youve never seen Virgil van Dijk make anything remotely like that mistake in two years. But theyve won the league comfortably.
Theyre waiting to get their hands on the trophy but theyre not at it. Fabinho, two or three times tonight, has given it away cheaply, which he doesnt do usually.
Mane has had a bit of a wrestle with Holding a couple of times. Coming off, Manes got a big smile on his face. In normal circumstances, Mane goes to war with you. Hes not smiling at you.
He cant wait until the second-half starts again to get at you. Theyre in their armchairs.
Virgil van Dijk says he will take the responsibility and criticism as a man after his error led to Alexandre Lacazettes equaliser in Liverpools 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, Van Dijk said: The goals we gave them as a present.
I think until their first goal it was totally us, we dominated, put pressure on them. We gave them two goals and obviously then its difficult to come back.
We created some opportunities and obviously they tried to break on us at times. But obviously if you give the goals away like we did today, including myself, then we get what we deserve.
If you look at the goals, that shouldnt happen. But until them there was nothing wrong.
We played very well, pressed them, scored a fantastic goal. Moments of concentration it happens in football sometimes and you have to deal with it. Today unfortunately we had to deal with it twice.
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