With only a handful of games left and two huge trophies still very much in play for Liverpool, it might be easy to get ahead of ourselves. Leave it to the reasonable voice of James Milner to set us straight.
“There isn’t too much talk about what’s going on, what might happen at this stage of the season,” he said in the pre-Porto press conference.
“It’s been how we’ve been all season. We’re training the same way, the mentality going into the game is the same. That’s what we can concentrate on - one game at a time and keep pushing. But I’d say that’s a massive positive within the dressing room and with the team that every game is just like the next game. Obviously there is plenty of talk outside the dressing room, in the media and, in this day and age, social media, it’s hard to get away from it. But the lads are just focussing on our side and what we can control.”
It’s possible that these players can win all four of their remaining league games and still lose the title to Manchester City. Looking too far ahead can lead us down the path to insanity. Liverpool next play FC Porto in order to book passage into the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“For us we just want to concentrate on our side,” Milner continued. “I think that’s all we can do, that’s all we can control. There has obviously been a lot of talk outside the dressing room for a long time - from the Liverpool side as well - about the first title in years and things like that. But I think, as a group, we’re focused on our targets and concentrating on what’s going on within the dressing room - that’s the most important thing. The only thing we can control are our games that we’re playing in between now and the end of the season.”
We’ve got at least five more games of the wild ride of this season, and we should all take Milly’s advice and try to enjoy them.