James Milner confident of progress at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool stand in captain James Milner is optimistic about the future of the club under Brendan Rodgers and believes it’s only a matter of time for ‘good things’ to come. Milner joined Liverpool from Manchester City in the summer on a free transfer, and scored his debut goal for the Reds in their 3-2 win against Aston Villa. The 29-year-old was named the vice-captain of the club in his first season at the club.
Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge scored a brace for Liverpool in his second game after returning from injury as he eases a lot of pressure on Brendan Rodgers. James Milner gave them an early lead. Daniel Sturridge doubled Liverpool’s lead after a brilliant finish from a beautiful James Milner pass. Aston Villa’s Gestede scored form Hutton’s cross in the hope of bringing Villa back to the game, but soon Sturridge scored his second goal from a Philippe Coutinho’s pass. Gestede scored his second too late in the game, but that wasn’t enough to earn Aston Villa any points at Anfield.
He told Liverpool TV: “At times when things aren’t going well, it’s important you stick together.
“There have been a lot of things said outside the club at this moment. It’s down to us not to take any notice of that, stick together, stay together as a club, and keep believing what we’re doing is right.
“We’re working very hard to keep improving and be the team we want to be. I’m sure if we continue the amount of work we’re putting in, it has to come good.”
“I’ve been fortunate to play for big clubs throughout my career and that’s the pressure you get playing in the Premier League and at the top level,” he said.
“There’s always going to be that spotlight and pressure.
“When things aren’t going well, it’s going to come down on you. Equally, when things are going well, people can get carried away. It’s important that we keep that level mind-set and concentrate on our business.
“It’s when things aren’t going well that you see who wants it the most and who wants to stand up and be counted.
“We’ve got some big personalities and big players who want to stick together and put in performances. It was a big performance at the weekend. That’s a start for us and we need to move on from there.
“Going a couple in front and then conceding so quickly to 2-1, it could have been ‘here we go again’, and people going into their shells and hanging on, but we went straight up the other end and scored again.
“I think that was really important and showed the character in the squad.”
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