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Liverpool warned over title fears as Keown admits Arsenal crumbled in 2002

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That is according to former Arsenal man Martin Keown, who has experienced what happens with a team sees a winning streak end.

Liverpool played a weakened side against Wolves when they met at Molineux on Monday and lost the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves.

The loss was met with some acceptance from fans and pundits, who were of the opinion that playing fewer games to end the season will enhance Liverpool's chances of securing a first league title in 29 years.

It was the Reds’ second defeat in a row, after their loss to title rivals Manchester City last week.

Keown, who was part of three title-winning campaigns with Arsenal, has criticised the notion that losing to Wolves is a positive step towards league glory for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“I’m sorry. But I don’t buy the argument that Liverpool did themselves a favour,” he said in the Daily Mail.

“Had they seen off Wolves, defeat by Manchester City could have been brushed off as a blip. Now, they have lost two in a row and losing breeds fear.

“Arsenal started the 2002-2003 campaign unbeaten.

“After our run was halted by Everton, we lost the next three. Doubts creep in and we ended up losing the title to Manchester United.

“Liverpool will start to question themselves. Can they win without Virgil van Dijk? Can Xherdan Shaqiri control games without the team’s main men on the pitch? Do they have sufficient depth?”

Liverpool were undefeated in the league up until their 2-1 loss to City this month, but Pep Guardiola’s men pegged their seven-point lead back to four.

And Keown believes that times like these are when the pressure starts to show.

He added: “Victory over City would have given Liverpool a 10-point lead. As a player, I would have been thinking, ‘We can have three bad games and still be champions.’

“Now the gap is four and they go to Brighton wounded.

“To stop this becoming a slump, Liverpool must adopt a ‘win at all costs’ attitude today. Lose again and their title hopes are in jeopardy.”

Liverpool will travel to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Brighton in a fixture that they won last season 5-1.

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