Paolo Di Canio has made the concerning claim that Liverpool don't appear as hungry as they were last season as they've just won the league.
The accusation directly contradicts a claim made by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp in October that his side are still full of desire.
Liverpool are in action in the Champions League against Italian outfit Atalanta tonight (Tuesday).
The Premier league champs are firm favourites to win the tie and progress as winners from Group D.
Currently, the Reds are on track to do this, having won their opening two fixtures against Ajax and Midtjylland.
But it seems Di Canio has seen a drop in intensity from Liverpool this season, and doesn't believe the Reds have the same drive as years gone by.
“Liverpool are no longer as hungry as before, of course,” he told L'Eco Di Bergamo.
“They've just won the league after thirty years of abstinence, which is huge for a stadium like Anfield. They lived through the successes of the two Manchester teams.”
Klopp was asked to comment when similar accusations arose at the start of the season, and was keen to put the story straight at the time.
“I'm not in doubt about the desire and the hunger of my boys,” said Klopp.
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