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Milner Urges Quick Turn Around After Loss

The vice-captain wants the team to put in a good run after their Old Trafford defeat.

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Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Well, Liverpool have seen better days. I mean, they’ve seen worse days too, but conceding two early goals and losing 2-1 at Old Trafford makes for some dark weekend feelings. The manner of the defeat is what’s most galling, because though there could be some legitimate gripes about the referee, overall, it truly came down to United playing better and Liverpool not taking their chances.

While this result is disappointing, there are still eight games and to play in the Premier League, which is enough time for just about anything to happen.

James Milner, who wore the captain’s armband in Saturday’s defeat, expects his teammates to quickly move past this setback and finish off the season on a high note.

“It’s down to us to compete in the remaining games and try to win all of the rest,” he said after the game. “We have got some tough games in there and we know how tough the Premier League is. We need to make sure we bounce back from this and get a result next week, going into the international break. There are eight games left and we have to try to win all of those.”

Speaking about the match against United, Milner voiced many of the same frustrations felt by the fans watching around the world.

“We started poorly in the first half and we didn’t move the ball well enough. They gave us enough time on the ball but we tried to force it too many times instead of being patient. Obviously they were a couple of poor goals to give away and when you go two goals down at a place like this it’s always going to be tough to come back.

”I think we forced it a bit too much. They gave us plenty of time on the ball but we tried to play the killer pass a bit early instead of waiting, moving it round more in their half and waiting for the right time to go forward.”

While this loss was hard to swallow, Liverpool have shown themselves capable of using a loss to galvanize themselves and push on. Hopefully, with several important games on the horizon, we can see that Liverpool again, instead of the sad sacks who arrived at Old Trafford on Saturday.