James Milner admits Liverpool gloom
James Milner has revealed the gloominess surrounding Liverpool after another below par performance that they failed to win.
The Reds drew 1-1 with Southampton yesterday after going into the lead late on thanks to a Christian Benteke header before being pegged back.
It means the club have drawn all three games since Jurgen Klopp took over – bringing fans back down to earth after the German was unveiled to much fanfare with him immediately stating he expects to win a title in the next four years at the club.
Draws against stiff opposition in Saints and Spurs may not be a call for concern but the showing against Rubin Kazan at home, who were down to 10 men for an hour, highlighted some of the problems.
Milner, who set up Benteke’s headed goal with a fine cross, says the players are disappointed with yesterday’s performance.
But he believes they are not far away from hitting top form.
“It is frustrating and it was a disappointing way to draw. We didn’t have too many chances after they scored and that was another disappointment,” the midfielder was quoted by the Star as saying.
“We didn’t react and mentally we didn’t have that reaction to go again after they scored.”
He added: “To get Christian back is great. We don’t want to talk too much about injuries. It’s an easy excuse and we don’t want to go down that route – we’re better than that.
“We’re not a million miles away. We know what we need to improve and know we can improve.
“We feel we can perform a lot better but we’re not losing the games, looking on the positive side.”