James Milner blasted Liverpool team-mates during Arsenal draw, says Klopp

Ross Houston
November 6, 2018

"The fact Arsenal are so delighted with a 1-1 draw at home shows the respect everyone has for them".

It was a measure of how much Arsenal have changed in just a few months under Unai Emery that the head coach's reaction to a sliding tackle was nearly as wild as when Alexandre Lacazette scored their late equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool. We can not drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving and let's see on that day if we have the chance to do it. Before he could relay his thoughts, however, Milner aired his own grievances.

"You have a compact formation, you force [Arsenal] to pass the ball somewhere - that's pressing, it's not that complicated", said Klopp.

City, Premier League champions last season, are favourites to lift their first European Cup at the end of this season, something which has eluded them despite their domestic success in recent years.

"Maybe after Manchester City and Chelsea, today we are more near those teams, but we need this quality in every match". That's good. That's how it is in a dressing room, there are a lot of men, a lot of testosterone. One is talking - that's me - and sometimes before I start talking the boys have a few words and that's all. He is a proper leader. I'm not sure if Leeds is famous for wine?

Milner turns 33 in January and Klopp believes the veteran midfielder is getting better with age. "A very good red one". He wants to improve, and I think he can improve.

"I would like it if you write a story about James Milner, I will like it". "Obviously someone might write that he [should] play for England again".

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