James Milner on how Liverpool are using Premier League as Champions League motivation
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James Milner on how Liverpool are using Premier League as Champions League motivation

James Milner has told the Daily Mail that missing out on the Premier League can spur Liverpool onto European glory.

Liverpool narrowly missed out on the title, finishing just one point behind Manchester City despite amassing a huge 97 points.

However, Milner believes that this will serve as inspiration to ensure Liverpool finish the season with some silverware.

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Speaking to Oliver Holt, he said: “Losing the title can work for us.

“If we’d won the title, then the Champions League final might have felt like a bonus.

“The danger was that we ended up with nothing — and we still might — but the memory of losing out to City drives us on.”

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“Since I’ve been at the club, I’ve been desperate to win something for Liverpool.

“That’s what the club demands and expects. You walk into the training ground every day and you see the numbers under each trophy.

“I’ve been desperate to get someone in to change those.”

Milner’s words will be music to the ears of fans as they too want to avoid ending the season trophy-less.

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Liverpool have performed so well domestically and in Europe that failing to win a trophy would be tough to stomach.

It was a long, gruelling title race that went down to the final day, and that disappointment is still fresh.

This combined with the defeat to Real Madrid in last year’s Champions League final means Liverpool are hungry for revenge.

Milner has been an integral part in this season’s title challenge and European cup run, as he was last season.

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He has yet to win a trophy since joining Liverpool from City back in 2015 on a free transfer.

Such has been Milner’s importance and impressive form, it would be fantastic to see him win the Champions League.

It would also be his first European honour, meaning the fire is burning strong within him to see things through.

Whether Milner will start against Spurs in the final is unclear, but he will almost certainly feature at some stage.

He, like Liverpool fans everywhere, will be hoping it’s a winning appearance in Madrid.

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