Liverpool’s James Milner Says Expectations High, Believes Team Can Beat Anyone

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Liverpool’s James Milner has not shied away from the increased expectations this season, saying that it’s time to win their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

After the additions of the additions of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson, Liverpool has been touted as the top competitor to Manchester City in the battle for the Premier League title.

“Expectations should be high,”Milner, who won the league twice with City, stated (h/t ESPN FC).

“We’re at Liverpool. It’s a massive club where expectations are always high because there is a great history of winning things here.

“We are expected to win every single game, no matter who we are playing against when we step on to the field, so it’s up to us to be big enough to accept that responsibility and embrace the pressure.

“I’ve been here for three years now and in that time we’ve been to three finals and come so close to winning silverware. You can see the progression of the team since the manager has been here. We are capable of beating anyone.

“The team has evolved and we’re moving forward all the time but I think it is time we got over the line and won a piece of silverware. That’s putting pressure on ourselves but that is what’s expected at this football club.

“It’s something that we are more than ready to do, but getting that first trophy is always the hardest. If we can get that first trophy it will hopefully set up better things to come.”

Milner shined in the opener against West Ham, showing he is determined to find success with Liverpool.

“I still love the game and I’m desperate to do well,” Milner stated. “I still feel fit and I’m raring to go but your role changes as time moves on.

“I’ve gone from being that young guy at Leeds to being one of the older guys at Liverpool who helps the young lads out by using what I’ve learned from the different managers and players I’ve played with. I’m lucky to have played for as long as I have at some very big clubs and hopefully I can continue to give as much as I can to this football club both on and off the field.”