James Milner rates Liverpool FC’s title chances

The evergreen 32-year-old refused to be drawn into speculation about Liverpool FC’s title hopes whilst praising his teammates for how they have performed so far this season

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James Milner has played down Liverpool FC’s title chances after a fourth win from four Premier League games this season has seen them top the table on goal difference.

Liverpool FC beat Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off which consolidated their position as the early pace-setters in the Premier League this season.

Milner was full of praise for his teammates but was quick to distance himself from conjecture that Liverpool could possibly win a first league title in 30 years.

Milner told Liverpool FC’s website: “[We’re in] As good a position as you could be in after four games obviously, winning them all, but like I said it’s a long season, a long way to go and there’s plenty we can improve on.

“We’ve seen that over the last few games, but it’s pleasing how we defended, pleasing how we’ve fought and got those results.

“There’s a lot more to come from this team, I think we know that, but it’s early days in the season.

“I don’t think anyone’s hit top gear yet so it’s important that we know where we are and where we can improve and where we can hopefully get to.”

Sadio Mane tops the goal-scoring charts with four goals after he scored the opening goal in Saturday’s win, and put himself two ahead of last season’s Premier League top-scorer and team mate Mohamed Salah.

New signings have certainly strengthened Liverpool, but they will need to close a gap of 25 points – the difference between themselves and last year’s Premier League winners Manchester City.

Milner is pleased with progress, but he expects to see more from his teammates, who will need to continually improve if they want to have any chance of dethroning City.

Liverpool FC will enter the international break hoping to have a clean bill of health for currently their uninjured players going away to play with their national teams by the time they host fellow title hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in two weeks’ time.

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