Manchester City thumped Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad but Roy Keane always felt as if the outgoing Premier League champions were going to have the edge.
The Reds secured a first top flight title in 30 years last week, but have little else to focus on for the remainder of the season.
Jurgen Klopp and co can still break several top flight records held by City, but have been knocked out of the remaining competitions.
City meanwhile can still add the FA Cup and Champions League to their earlier Carabao Cup triumph.
And that need to stay competitive may have helped Pep Guardiola's side overcome their rivals, who will have understandably celebrated their title success.
“It’s human nature. You’re gonna be slacking off. I was fortunate enough to play in some good teams where you won the league with two games to go, and you do switch off," Keane told Sky Sports.
"You end up at the pub for a week or two and you’re trying to get back in the swing of things. It’s different for City tonight because they’ve got other competitions.
"The reason they’re champions and why they’ll be competing for the next couple of years is because of that interview. He’s fuming.
"For me, it was nothing to do with the questions he was being asked, it was because his team got beat. He’s obviously gonna defend his team, but no top manager likes to get beat 4-0.
"They had chances and they were just lacking concentration.
"The effort was there and we watched the game live, and I think Liverpool ’s attitude was fine. It’s human nature that they were gonna slack off.
"That’s why they’re champions. They’re fuming to being beaten 4-0.”
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