Milner: Liverpool showed great spirit

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James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.
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James Milner believes that Liverpool showed their spirit against a tough Swansea side.

Despite grabbing three points at the Liberty Stadium, Liverpool wasn’t anywhere near as good as they have been in the opening weeks of the season.

The Reds were 1-0 down at half-time before second-half goals from Firmino and Milner won the game for the visitors.

In Liverpool’s brilliant start to the season, there have been some breathtaking displays with the likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea all being put to the sword. The most impressive thing about these wins has been the intensity and high level of football displayed.

Against Swansea, however, Liverpool failed to match the standard set in previous games and there was always the chance of losing or drawing the game.

James Milner believes that the win showed the team spirit within Liverpool’s camp.

Afterward the game, Milner told Liverpoolfc.com, “Every time you play away from home in the Premier League it is always tough and you are going to have spells in the game when you are going to be under the cosh.

“The first half was our own doing but in the second half we performed a lot better, but they are still going to have chances – that’s the Premier League. The boys defended well and the character we showed by not only coming back to win the game but the second half was more like ourselves other than the first half.”

The fixture against Swansea is the last game before yet another international break and Milner believes that it was important for the team to go into the break with momentum.

The vice-captain continued, “I don’t think the character has ever been in question. I think that’s always been there but maybe the organisation and togetherness to know your jobs and everybody to be on the same page and under pressure when things are going wrong [has improved].

“To be able to put it right and stick together and we managed to do that and it was a big three points, really important after the last few games where we have played really well. It would have been a big disappointment not to win today and finish these round of fixtures before the international break.

“So a massive three points sends everyone away in a good mood and good form for their countries. Hopefully everyone comes back fully fit and we can carry on this run.”

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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