By Will Butcher

Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool need a wake-up call as they begin to slip away from the Premier League’s big guns.

Ex-Liverpool ace Hamann, who was part of the Champions League winning side in 2005, has been hugely critical of his former side in recent times as they fail to keep up with league leaders Chelsea.

Hamann, 43, replied to a fan on his personal Twitter account by comparing Arsenal to Liverpool over the past ten years.

The former Germany international claimed it is “about time the club wakes up” after a dismal start to the calendar year, but believes manager Jurgen Klopp is not to blame.

Liverpool have won just two of their 11 league and cup outings during 2017, losing matches to Hull, Swansea and Southampton as well as being knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves.

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The Reds have held aloft just one major trophy in the past 10 years, winning the league cup in 2011-12 for a record eighth time after beating Cardiff City on penalties.

Arsene Wenger’s side have gone one better by winning the FA Cup on two separate occasions, and Hamann believes that is cause for alarm at Anfield.

Moving to Merseryside in 1999, Hamann made a huge 265 league and cup appearances for Liverpool, winning two FA Cups, two EFL Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, a UEFA Cup and of course, the 2005 Champions League.

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