Rio Ferdinand revealed that his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney had already noticed in a match that the defender stank of alcohol.
Ferdinand recalled the incident as he discussed why Liverpool’s consistency has faltered since winning the Premier League title last month.
Liverpool were beaten 4-0 by Manchester City in their first game since winning the title before recording wins against Aston Villa and Brighton.
Rio Ferdinand revealed that Wayne Rooney noticed he smelled of alcohol during a match
Ferdinand recalled the incident with Rooney as he explained how the teams die after winning the title
Jurgen Klopp’s team was held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, and Ferdinand admitted that it is difficult for players to stay focused when celebrating their title success.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said, “There is no doubt in my mind that there is a drop of one percent or two percent when you win a league.
“Unless you have a Champions League coming up, which they don’t have, you sit back and relax.
“I remember overtaking Wayne Rooney in a game once and he said ‘Wow, you stink of alcohol’ and I said ‘Yeah, I went out all week.’
Ferdinand has a lot of experience in winning the Premier League – something he did six times at United.
The former central defender says that it is impossible for a team to play with its usual intensity when it has already won the league.
Ferdinand says he understands why Liverpool’s form has dropped since winning the league
He continued, “So you’re celebrating. You don’t have to go anywhere, they can be at home on a Zoom call, you don’t know these days, things are different.
“I tell you that there is at least one percent or two percent, even in training. It’s not the same intensity, it’s just like that.
“Yes, they are fighting to break records, but it is not the same as fighting for another title or another cup elsewhere. “
As Ferdinand alluded to, Liverpool is chasing the record for the highest number of points in the Premier League, the record having been set by Manchester City, which finished with 100 points in the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool, which currently has 93 points, can end the season with 102 points. They still have three games left at Arsenal, home against Chelsea and Newcastle.