James Milner has warned his Liverpool teammates that they will have had an “average season” if they don’t add to the Carabao Cup that they lifted in February.
The Reds beat Chelsea on penalties earlier this season to win the Carabao Cup. They remain in contention to win three more trophies.
Liverpool are in the final of the FA Cup and they are ahead on aggregate in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Villarreal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are also second in the Premier League. They are one point behind Man City after both sides won on Saturday.
City beat Leeds United 4-0 at Elland Road after Liverpool edged out Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Milner started against the Magpies. Naby Keita scored the winner as Liverpool won 1-0.
The former Man City and Aston Villa star thinks it is key that Liverpool add to their trophy collection in 2021/22
Speaking on Klopp’s contract extension, Milner said: “Yeah, we’re happy – he’s not a bad manager, is he?” (Quotes via Liverpool Echo).
“It’s outstanding. I think you see the job he’s done. To be here from the start when he first came in and see that process bit by bit, seeing signs but not having the consistency every week and then building it and we’re getting better and the counter-press coming on and then the quality with the ball.
“It’s been one big process. He’s done an incredible job and, obviously, the longer he’s here the better for the football club.
“You can see the changes – there’s been a lot of changes in personnel and on the playing staff. The ideas are similar, obviously they’re evolved and developed as the team has developed. The intensity has always been there but we manage to maintain it now. I think you see the level the boys played at midweek and then to do it again on Saturday is incredible.
“That’s a process about getting the fitness levels, the mentality to be able to do it and getting the squad together. You wouldn’t be able to talk about the competitions we’re still in at this stage of the season if we hadn’t got a squad full of strong players.
“It’s a mixture with the younger players coming through like Harvey (Elliott) and Curtis (Jones), the level they’re at. It’s credit to everyone. We’ve been lucky enough to win one trophy this year but if you don’t win anything else it’s an average season for the club.”
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