Mil­ner fires out warn­ing

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By PAUL CLARKE

LIVER­POOL mid­fielder James Mil­ner has sent a dy­nasty warn­ing to City and the rest of the Pre­mier League.

Former City man Mil­ner signed a new deal last week which tied him down at Liver­pool un­til the end of the 2022 sea­son. And now the 33-year-old is look­ing to ex­tend the club’s cur­rent dom­i­nance at home and abroad.

Liver­pool are ten points clear at the top of the Pre­mier League and 14 points ahead of City, while Jur­gen Klopp’s men also won the Cham­pi­ons League in June.

That sixth Euro­pean suc­cess has Klopp’s side pre­par­ing for the Club World Cup this week and ahead of the brief tour­na­ment, Mil­ner spelt out what he be­lieves is still to come from his team.

“Since I have been at the club it was im­por­tant for the club to get that first tro­phy on the board. We had been un­for­tu­nate in a few fi­nals but the team has moved on and we have heard many peo­ple talk about it,” Mil­ner said.

“We don’t want to be re­mem­bered as the team who won one ma­jor tro­phy.

“You could see how we bounced back from the Cham­pi­ons League de­feat when we won it this year.

“There is a long way to go in the League but the tempo and way we have played takes a spe­cial men­tal­ity and we have shown that – there is a long way to go, but the group is fo­cussed on the next step ahead.

“It is spe­cial to be here. You have to be suc­cess­ful to be here.

“It will be dif­fi­cult, but you want to get that win­ning habit and win tro­phies as a group and to keep adding them.”

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