Danny Mills says that it is “almost impossible” for Liverpool to live up their high standards as he insists he has no worries about their defence this season.
The former Manchester City and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Reds have set the bar exceptionally high for themselves and that hitting those heights every week is implausible.
Jurgen Klopp’s men found themselves behind against Newcastle on their return from international duty, Jetro Willems taking advantage to fire the Magpies ahead at Anfield on Saturday.
Mills says that games after the international break, when players are out of sync and performances are disjointed, can make or break a title push and that the 3-1 win against Steve Bruce’s side was exactly what was needed.
Mills told Football Insider: “You can’t be exceptional every single game. There are good teams at the Premier League and at whatever level, all the way through to the teams at the bottom – everyone’s going to create a couple of chances.
“These players, the bar is so high the standards they have set, it’s almost impossible to live up to that every single week.
“No worries about Liverpool’s defence in the slightest. Coming off the back of internationals, players coming back together, if you’re going to challenge to be champions, it’s those games – where you’re not at your level – but you win the game.”
Liverpool’s next league game sees them take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, having travelled to Italy to take on Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.