James Milner says Jurgen Klopp has got Liverpool’s players believing in themselves again.
Milner was immediately named vice-captain when Brendan Rodgers signed him and has been an impressive addition to the Anfield ranks this season after arriving from Manchester City.
The 29-year-old has made 17 appearances and scored three times and he has been a model of consistency both under Rodgers and new boss Klopp. Not everyone in the squad though has been as impressive as Milner, but he says things are improving with Klopp’s tenure breeding confidence.
“I was disappointed for Brendan. He is a top manager who came so close to glory. But that is football. Things change quickly,” said Milner. “It is not only the fans’ belief that we can change things that is important, it is the players’ own belief.
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“At times this season I have seen a talented group of players who don’t realise how good we are and how good we can be and who have struggled at times with belief.
“Coming into a new club and one with the history of Liverpool as well as coming to a new country is not easy,” said Milner. “I think it is probably the hardest job getting people to take to you straight away.
“He has got everyone onside very quickly. He is a likeable character. He has changed things within the team, training schedules and things like that, but he has done it the right way. You can’t just come in and start blasting and changing everything right away.”
“I am enjoying myself because everything is here for us to do well. There’s a new manager coming in, a new stadium being done, a young squad but with experienced players and an amazing fan base.”