‘We are completely different to last year,’ says Milner

Date published: Sunday 25th September 2016 1:21

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Vice-captain James Milner believes Liverpool are a different team this year as their momentum begins to increase with improved consistency.

The 5-1 win over Hull was a fourth win in six Premier League matches, with the 2-0 loss at Burnley the only blot on their record.

Last season they tended to raise their game for the big matches against their rivals but struggled to put away lesser teams, especially at home.

That does not appear to be the case so far as Hull, reduced to 10 men when Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off midway through the first half, were swept away with ease.

“We knew that is where we could improve against teams that sit back a bit more but I’m seeing a different team this year, completely different to last year,” Milner said.

“The performance in every game you know it is us that were playing – even Burnley wasn’t too bad a performance, it was the final third that let us down.

“I think maybe last year some games we would play like we wanted to play and other games we wouldn’t.

“Consistency has been really good and you look down the squad list and the quality is unbelievable.”

J Milner

Milner believes the strengthening Klopp did in the summer, bringing in seven new faces, has made a huge difference.

“If you don’t perform the shirt will be taken off you and someone will else get the chance and you don’t know how long they will have that shirt,” he told LFC TV.

“That is really pleasing. You need that competition for places to drive each other on and hopefully we can keep improving as a team.”

Milner is something of a lucky charm when it comes to the Premier League.

No club he has played for has ever lost when he has scored but, remarkably, his penalty double against Hull was the first time in his career he had scored twice in a league match.

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