Diouf tells Liverpool they 'bottled' Premier League title and makes Man City claim.
El Hadji Diouf doesn’t think his former team Liverpool will perform as well as they did when they “bottled” winning the Premier League title last season.
Liverpool had a commanding lead over Manchester City at the turn of the calendar year, but eventually missed out on the title as Pep Guardiola's Citizens sealed the trophy by a point on the last day of the 2018-19 campaign.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have started the new campaign in flying colours and are already five points clear at the top of the table.
But, former Reds forward Diouf is convinced Man City are still favourites to lift the title again as he doesn’t “see Liverpool doing as well as they did last season”.
“I don't see them [Liverpool] doing as well as they did last season," he told FourFourTwo. "They had the chance to win the league title; they had it in their hands and then let it slip.
“They were seven points ahead around Christmas - how Manchester City got it in the end beats my mind. As they say in England, I think they bottled it.
“If you have only one defeat in a whole season, surely you can't say that you didn't win the league - so it's hard for me to imagine them having such a similar season and coming out as champions.
"Manchester City will be the team to beat once again."
Diouf, who joined Liverpool back in 2002 and scored only six goals in 80 appearances for the Merseyside club, has revealed he regrets not joining either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
"Don't get me wrong: the club is run very well now, based on what I hear from Sadio, but I feel I was seen as an outsider back then," he said.
"The upsetting thing is that Real Madrid and Barcelona had offered me more money, but I really wanted to go to Liverpool - and it ended up being one of my worst experiences."