James Milner thinks that Liverpool have what it takes to get their hands on the first Premier League title in 29 years.
Every Manchester City player in this season’s title race already has a Premier League winner’s medal, but James Milner is the only current Liverpool player to have lifted the Premier League trophy. Liverpool’s vice-captain won the title with Manchester City in 2012 and 2014. He knows what it takes to get the team over the line.
Liverpool have shown incredible consistency this season, losing just one league game, but Sunday’s game at home to Chelsea looks pivotal, particularly as they killed Liverpool’s title dream in 2014 when Steven Gerrard slipped for Demba Ba to score the opening goal in a 2-0 win at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp has revolutionised Liverpool in nearly four years at the club but he is still looking for that first trophy. He has been beaten in the finals of the Carabao Cup, Europa League and Champions League.
James Milner said: “I think we have what it takes. You have seen how we’ve improved over the past few years. You look at times this season when we have perhaps not played so well but still got results. We have great determination to keep going when things are not going well.
We are up against what a lot of people say is one of the best-ever Premier League teams in Manchester City. The way they play, the players they have and the amount of points they have, for us to be going toe-to-toe with them and the amount of points we can get, hopefully, will be good enough to get over the line.”
Milner further added: “It’s so hard to win the Premier League, the two other times I have won it, it has been on the last day of the season and it looks like it’s going to go down to the death again, so there’s so many changes in a title race. We’ve seen that this season and seen that before and when we won it incredible fashion with City in the QPR game (in 2012), you’ve seen the changes in this title race as well.
It’s been the same this season and with five games left for us, but so much can happen and that’s why everyone loves the Premier League. Anything can happen and that’s not us taking our eye off the ball in the Champions League, too.”
Milner would be very happy to beat his former club to lift the Premier League for the 3rd time. He said: “There is no tug of emotion from me towards City because I played for them. Just to win the league again would be amazing. I had a great five years there, won every trophy in England but my motivation now is to beat a very good team.
So, it is all there – the quality is there – and it’s a young team as well. It doesn’t mean we will get over the line but we are getting closer each year and we’ve got a good chance. We just have to take care of our games.”
Liverpool are currently two points ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit but Pep Guardiola’s side – who face Crystal Palace on Sunday – have a game in hand.
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