Analysing the Sunderland defeat on Match of the Day, Hansen praised the 'unbelievable' job done by Martin O'Neill, but bemoaned his old club's perennial problem:
"It was a poor game. We were expecting Liverpool to kick on after the Carling Cup and vie for fourth slot in the table but it hasn't happened.
"Unfortunately for them, their achilles heal is tha they can't put it in the back of the net. They didn't play well today, but last week it could've been 5-0 at half time
To be honest, that's a very tame assessment of Liverpool's defeat, but what can you expect from a confirmed Kenny Dalglish apologist? I'm not sure what Last week's game against Arsenal has to do with anything: Liverpool lost, and as Dalglish is always telling everyone, the previous game's result has no bearing on the next game.
Hansen excoriates most other teams for poor performances - just look at his scathing, OTT criticism of Chelsea this season! - but he holds his tongue when it comes to Liverpool, which is understandable I guess given his ties to the club.
Anyone who actually believed that a victory (on penalties) against inferior opposition in a pointless competition would somehow spur Liverpool on to greater heights, was/is living in fantasy land.
Hansen is right about Liverpool's 'Achilles heal' though - it's such a cliche now that there's no point even discussing it, suffice to say that with conversion rates of 7.7% and 6.5% respectively, the club's £57m 'strikeforce' of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll is amongst the worst in the Premier League.