Liverpool's James Milner: 'Next step is winning trophies'

Ross Houston
May 25, 2017

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has claimed that the club need to turn their attention to winning silverware after sealing a Champions League place.

Liverpool, who secured fourth spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday, have not won a major trophy since their League Cup triumph five years ago.

Jurgen Klopp's team faces the prospect of progressing through qualifying to reach the group stage of the tournament, where they would join Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

"It's disrespectful to the club if you say the only reason you are going to Liverpool is for Champions League", said Milner.

The Arsenal manager admitted that the confusion surrounding his future at the club distracted his players, but does not think that uncertainty was his fault. "You have to come here and do the business".

Arsenal will not play in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years next season after finishing outside the Premier League's top four places.

And yet, if you take away some of the more toothless performances towards the end of the campaign, you see that this Liverpool side has a lot of potential, even if there is plenty of work to be done on the team, especially ahead of the addition of European football to the calendar next season. We have managed to achieve that. Past year we came close [to a trophy] but couldn't get over the line. But playing in those sort of occasions and in those big games is important. "We have proved we can beat big teams in big games, definitely, but it's about keeping the consistency against those teams that come here and sit back".

From an optimistic point of view, failure to qualify for the Champions League enables Arsenal to focus completely on the Premier League, something the club has not been able to do in the past seasons.

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