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'Done it all season': Liverpool player names the three Reds who practise penalties 'before every game'

James Milner says he and two other Liverpool players practice their penalties before every game. It’s something the Reds may turn to today.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final later today. It’s the biggest game of the season, of course, and the Reds’ third cup final of 2022.

That’s a remarkable streak and it’s worth looking back at those finals to prepare for this one. They were remarkably similar, after all, and Liverpool and Chelsea met one another in both the EFL Cup final and the FA Cup final.

The Wembley matches each went to penalties after 120 scoreless minutes. The two teams cancelled one another out, effectively, but there was some poor finishing on display, too.

There’s a very real chance, then, that we see something similar in Paris today. Both Liverpool and Real are elite teams and they’ll attempt to counter what the other does.

Do we expect another 0-0? No. But it’s a realistic possibility and one the Reds must prepare for.

Fortunately, they’ve been doing that all season, says James Milner.

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“Me, Mo [Salah], Fabinho and a few of the lads practise before every game,” Milner told the Daily Mail. “We’ve done it all season.

“With the change to the away-goals rule, we predicted there would be more shootouts, so we’ve practised more.

“The club brought in these neuro11 guys [to coach penalties]. You’ve got players who may never take a penalty apart from in a shootout.

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“The ball doesn’t move. The goal doesn’t move. So it’s making them think about their process rather than it being, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re taking a penalty, off you go’”.

Funnily enough, Liverpool didn’t end up with penalties in any game that could have had away goals this season. Instead, it’s been two fixtures that weren’t affected by the change at all that led to spotkicks.

And that may well be the result on Saturday, too. Liverpool will be prepared if that is the case – and will carry confidence from two wins with them.

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