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James Milner claims Liverpool's current crop of stars have an edge over title winners


Liverpool have begun the season impressively, picking up 13 point from a possible 15, with James Milner insisting their current crop of players have greater experience than their title winners

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James Milner believes their current crop of stars have more experience than the group who claimed the Premier League title as Liverpool look to wrestle back their crown.

The Reds have begun the season well, winning four of their opening five games to sit joint top.

Last term injuries hampered their title defence but with the likes of Virgil van Dijk back they are again expected to challenge.

Crystal Palace were their latest victims, with Ibrahima Konate making his debut in a 3-0 win.

He was the only major new arrival in the summer – a decision that has copped criticism given Liverpool’s need to address certain areas.







Liverpool have won four of their five games



The bulk of the squad hasn’t changed from their title win in 2020 but Milner has cited their shared experiences as a major point of difference.

He said: “I think that is the mentality you need. You can’t dwell, whether you have a good performance or a bad performance. You need to move on to the next one.

“You can’t be too happy after a good one, you can’t be too down after a bad one. When things are going well, it’s easy to be like that: next game, next game, next game.





“If you have a couple of bad results and iffy performances, that is when it gets harder.

“But you look at this squad and it is more experienced than when we won the title. We have had more success.

“We had the pain of last year but it ended up being a really good year, with what we managed to achieve in the circumstances and coming with that late run.

“That was a nice way to finish the season. But those experiences and feelings, as a group, we have been through them all together and that can only be a good thing.”

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Liverpool narrowly missed out on the title in 2019 but had the strength to go again 12 months later.

That came after a Champions League triumph whilst the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup have also been added to the trophy cabinet.

Milner, who filled in at right-back in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence at the weekend, insists the Reds must focus on keeping it tight at the back whilst maintaining that winning feeling.




He said: “I think the thing we need to look at as a team is the momentum factor and the results and the clean sheets. The clean sheets are so important – it’s such a great habit to get into.

“Obviously there’s games where you’re not playing so well and you get to nick one goal if you’re keeping that clean sheet – it’s massive and obviously the difference between two points.

“We need to keep doing that. We had a bit of luck today but at times you deserve a bit of luck and hopefully we can keep that going.”


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