Having had a stuttering start to the 2022/23 campaign, Liverpool have been subjected to much criticism, with Manchester City star Rodri having now seemingly aimed a dig at the Reds.
For much of Jurgen Klopp's tenure at Anfield, the German tactician has managed to push Pep Guardiola's City till the very end with regards to the Premier League title race.
The 2022/23 season seems to be deviating from that trend, though, with the Reds having had a relatively poor run of form that sees them languishing in eighth position on the log.
Multiple injuries in midfield, a lack of cohesion between their attacking players and Sadio Mane's departure have been suggested as issues that have contributed to the Merseyside club being out of sorts so far in this campaign.
Now, City midfielder Rodri appears to have had a sly dig at their perennial title challengers in the wake of their erratic run of form.
"The Premier League level is so high that as soon as you slow down, you lose points," he told Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Liverpool are not in crisis, they are just less effective, and the Premier League does not allow you to relax."
Klopp will perhaps have welcomed the international break. While many of his players prioritise matters with their nations, he will be strategising as to how to have the six-time European champions firing once again.
While Liverpool try to sort out their problems, Guardiola will be hoping his Citizens pick up from where they left off going into the break, with the Manchester club currently in second place, a point off league leaders Arsenal.
The Spanish tactician will be looking to become only the second manager in the 's history to win three Premier League titles in a row after Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Scotsman did it twice, first between 1998 and 2001, and then again between 2006 and 2009.
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