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James Milner wants Liverpool to respond to Manchester United’s dramatic improvement and ‘start’ on what he hopes is a better 2021.
The champions head into January with a three-point lead at the top despite draws against West Brom and Newcastle.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ win over Aston Villa on Friday could see United level on points. Ole Gunnar Solskja’s team has lost just four points since November 1 and are the Reds’ most likely rivals.
Milner he is happy to be at the top of the tree at the end of the year. But he feels it is time for the Merseysiders to start putting some distance between themselves and the chasing group.
“I think it is positive but it seems to be at this moment where nobody wants to take it by the neck,” he said. livepoolfc.com. “We have lost points, everyone seems to be losing points. United have been on a roll and are probably the only team to have a career.
“It’s important that we have to get down to business now and try our hand at the neck to get some 3s.”
The former Manchester City player, who will turn 35 on January 4, acknowledged that there is currently little normalcy. And he feels the same could be said for the Premier League, with empty stadiums across the country.
“But the world is in a very strange place right now and it is the same in football,” he added. “Everyone’s life is upside down, mentally it is difficult for everyone and it is the same in football.”
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Liverpool have already lost more points in 16 games this season than in all of last season. Jurgen Klopp page He did not lose a league game until February 29.
They had won all their games except one, against United, up to that point. It was clear that the unique circumstances of this campaign would have some impact on the results.
Liverpool’s great success was never likely to be repeated. However, Milner accepts them still could have done better.
“There are points that we have lost this season where we think we could have done better, but being in the mix heading into the new year is good, especially with the problems we have,” he added.
“But we are a quality squad of players who have been together for a long time and are used to winning.
“We are disappointed that we did not get all three points (at Newcastle), but we want to get back on the winning track as soon as possible.”
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