James Milner makes bold prediction for Liverpool in Champions League
By Aramide Oladipo
James Milner believes that Liverpool are a match for anyone in the Champions League – and is desperately hoping he gets a chance to test out his predicition.
It’s a bold claim after a season that’s seen them struggle for consistency in the Premier League and left them looking over their shoulder as they aim to secure a top-four place.
Liverpool failed to win on home soil for the third time in a row in the Premier League as they could only manage a goalless draw against Southampton on the weekend.
Milner had Liverpool’s best chance to open the scoring but he saw Fraser Forster save his penalty.
It means that the Reds have failed to score in all four games against the Saints this campaign.
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Liverpool are still in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League, but Arsenal have two games in hand over the Merseyside club and victories could see the Gunners just a point below Liverpool with two games remaining.
Following the stalemate at Anfield on the weekend, as quoted in the Telegraph, Milner expressed his concerns about missed opportunities throughout the season.
“We have dropped points where you might not expect us to and there have been some disappointing games,” he said.
“That is disappointing and we know it is an area we need to improve. Against the top teams, our record is very, very good but against the teams that come to sit back and play on the break and look to get something from a set piece, we need to improve.”
Milner added: “We have shown on any one day we can beat anyone, so if we could get in the Champions League we know we could be a match for anyone.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side have the best record in the big matches this season as they have collected a total of 20 points against sides in the top six, including impressive victories at Stamford Bridge and the Emirates Stadium.
It’s been the results against the teams at the lower end of the table where they have struggled as they’ve suffered unexpected defeats against the likes of Crystal Palace, Burnley, Bournemouth and Hull City.
Liverpool’s resolve will be tested once again this weekend as they travel to the London Stadium to face a resurgent West Ham side.
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