It is a normal tradition among footballers to celebrate after winning a title, but according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, it can also affect a player’s form.
While speaking to BT Sport recently, the former footballer revealed he had to endure an embarrassing moment after then teammate, Wayne Rooney, told him during a football game he reeked of alcohol.
He said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that there is a one per cent or two per cent fall-off when you win a league.
“Unless you have got a Champions League [match] that is coming up after, which they haven’t, you normally just sit there and chill.
“I remember running past Wayne Rooney in a game once and he said, ‘wow, you stink of alcohol’ and I said, ‘yeah, I have been out all week.'”
Ferdinand’s comments were in reaction to Liverpool’s declining form, which began after they won the Premier League title with some matches to spare.
The Reds have only won three of their last six matches since the end of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.