James Milner opens up on Liverpool FC title hopes

James Milner says there is a long way to go before Liverpool FC can think about winning the title

By George Hallam
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Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

James Milner has said there is a long way to go before he and his teammates can begin to think about Liverpool FC winning a first league title in 30 years.

Liverpool FC have made an impressive start to the season, sitting joint-top of the Premier League after four games with four wins and just one goal conceded.

However, Milner has suggested he will not get ahead of himself and will not still start thinking about Liverpool FC’s title chances until his side are further down the line.

“The manager has been here another season,” he told the Daily Star.

“So, we have to use the experience and the close calls we’ve had over the past few years to get over the line and finally win a trophy.

“To win the Premier League title, you’ve got to get yourself in a position halfway through the season where you’re talked about as being a genuine contender, and then take it from there.”

Liverpool FC last won the Premier League when it was called the first division in 1989-90.

They were famously close to winning it in the 2013-14 season under Brendan Rodgers but Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea FC, and then a capitulation against Crystal Palace whilst 3-0 to the good led to Manchester City stealing the title.

Jürgen Klopp’s side harbour many similarities to Rodgers’ side, who also played a highly-attractive attacking game through Raheem Sterling, Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah now take up the mantle of being the forward-line that strikes fear into opposition but despite their ability to score goals seemingly at will, Liverpool FC finished 25 points behind eventual winners Manchester City last season.

This gap is most likely the reason that Milner is so coy on Liverpool FC’s title chances, and he, and Liverpool FC, will wait to see how the land lies nearer the end of the season before assessing their chances of dethroning City.

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