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Roy Keane took Liverpool apart for their performance against Maribor

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Liverpool just haven't been the same since their 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal back in August.

The Reds flew out of the blocks this season but have suffered some bizarrely inconsistent form after the first international break and have accumulated just two Premier League wins since.

It has been a story of unorganised defending and an attack insufficient to make up the deficit, despite Philippe Coutinho being shielded from Barcelona approaches all summer.

Few have summed it up quite as well as ex-Liverpool skipper Sami Hyypia who explained: "There is a lack of communication. They are not doing it together.

"There are situations where the centre-backs and defenders don't know who is going and who is staying.

"There are not enough leaders in the team. Somebody needs to take charge on the field and talk. Communication is everyone's responsibility."

Nevertheless, the challenge of Maribor was futile to test both the issues and strengths within the current Liverpool side as they breezed to a 3-0 victory after a difficult first-half.

Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the 47th minute with relief pervading round Anfield before Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge joined him on the scoresheet.

Liverpool FC v NK Maribor - UEFA Champions League

James Milner returned to penalty duties unsuccessfully, too, failing to vindicate the questions of Kopites when Salah had resumed responsibility on Saturday

When you consider that Liverpool were able to bludgeon their opponents 7-0 away from home, it's hard to draw much from their latest Champions League escapade.

Besides, Roy Keane wasn't exactly impressed with the Reds during ITV's highlights show as the ex-Manchester United man launched a scathing attack on Jurgen Klopp's men.

Considering the Irishman had already ripped Manchester City earlier in the programme - despite scoring four at Napoli - it seems it was another one of those days for the vocal pundit.

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He coldly explained: "It's hard to figure out Liverpool at the moment, I think it's difficult to get excited about them and to me, they're going nowhere fast.

"Come the end of the season, when the prizes are being given out, Liverpool will be nowhere near them.

"They're poor at the back, there's question marks over the goalkeeper - there's not too much to say about Liverpool.

"If Liverpool were playing in my backgarden I wouldn't watch them. They're just drifting, drifting nowhere."

Don't be too optimistic, Roy...

As much as Keane has, naturally, blown things out of proportion, there are undoubtedly underlying problems on Merseyside that Klopp needs to address. 

If the Reds can channel their August performance against Arsenal more often, though, they won't be drifting too far from the silverware come May.

Do you think Liverpool will win any trophies at all this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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