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James Milner applauds how Liverpool pick transfer targets

James Milner has a lot of love for how Liverpool pick their transfer targets. The vice-captain praised the club for its work.

James Milner believes there’s more to transfer targets than just picking good players. And he thinks that’s something Liverpool get right.

“I think the club has done a very good job at not only recruiting good players but recruiting good characters,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“And sometimes that’s more important than anything – to keep that squad harmony, to have the right attitude, people working hard and pushing to the next level.

“Then you see the guys coming through from the Academy as well, how they have been educated not only on the field but in terms of how to conduct themselves.”

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It’s one of the greatest – and perhaps underrated – aspects of Liverpool over the last few years. They find the right players who fit the club, not just the team.

It’s led to harmony and continuity among the players that everyone seems to thrive on. You don’t hear about dressing room problems or drama behind the scenes.

And that can only be good. But it almost certainly has an on-pitch effect, too.

Liverpool have been fantastic at bringing in players and developing them. Virtually everyone in the squad arrived with a lower reputation than they have now – some far lower.

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The Reds helped them kick on, though, and we’ve got to put at least part of that down to the atmosphere at the club. Hard-working, driven players who keep the standards high.

Littering your squad with people like that will only lead to harder work all around. In turn, you’re more likely to squeeze that potential out of players.

It’s particularly great to hear how Milner sees it in the academy. It explains how the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones have slotted in so seamlessly over the last few years.

Hopefully, Liverpool can keep it up through the next great team. Finding these characters has certainly worked for them so far.

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