Dwight Yorke in dig at Liverpool as Manchester United legend jokes about failed Premier League title defence
Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke couldn’t resist aiming a dig at arch rivals Liverpool over their failed Premier League title defence, telling talkSPORT: ‘It wasn’t that difficult for us!’
It’s been a rough year so far for the Reds.
Liverpool stormed to their first league crown in 30 years last season to cap off a remarkable two years under Jurgen Klopp, having also become European and world champions.
But their league defence has not gone to plan this term, with the Reds licking their wounds after seeing their title chances evaporate since Christmas.
Top of the table over the festive period and favourites for a second straight league win, Klopp’s side have suffered a total collapse of form since the turn of 2021 and now sit eighth and a full 22 points adrift of leaders Man City, who look set to win the league by a mile.
Much has been made of Liverpool and their ‘second season syndrome’, with the Merseyside club only failing where so many other champions have – in fact, only three clubs have won back-to-back Premier Leagues.
United are one of them, with the Red Devils also the only team in Premier League history to win three on the bounce… and they’ve done it twice!
Yorke was one of the stars of the first remarkable trio of titles at Old Trafford and, asked how they did it, he had no sympathy for his old rivals.
He joked on the talkSPORT Breakfast: “Erm, it wasn’t that difficult for us actually!
“The second year it was quite easy. We won it very comfortably and by April we had already won it, so it wasn’t THAT difficult!”
So why have Liverpool found it so tough? While some have complained about the Reds making an ‘excuse’ of their huge injuries problems this season, Yorke insists it’s had a major impact on the team this season.
And he admits the Reds have struggled to cope with being the team everyone wants to beat, after two years performing at the very top level.
“Maybe because they haven’t won it for such a long time, so they’re finding it very difficult to defend it,” said the former United striker.
“In all seriousness it’s always difficult because when you become champions everyone is after you, everyone wants to test themselves against the champions so the games become even more difficult.
“Teams go away and study what you’re good at and try to make hard work of it next season, and Liverpool are finding that very difficult.
“And on top of that of course they’ve had lots of injuries this season.
“Over the last two seasons they’ve had a consistent team of players who played week in, week out and never really got injured, and so they got used to playing with these particular players.
“Now they find themselves without these players and they’re finding it very tough going.”
Speaking of his own experience of winning titles, the Old Trafford legend added: “The first is always the hardest.
“When I joined United they hadn’t won it for a couple of years and as a player I never won it, and the expectation when I went to that club as the marquee signing that year was huge.
“It’s one of those situations where you just have to embrace it and take on the challenge.”