Liverpool paid the price for loss of intensity – Milner

Date published: Monday 12th December 2016 9:15

James Milner thinks Liverpool were “punished” for taking their foot off the gas during their 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday.

The Reds had to come from 2-1 behind following two avoidable goals to level up the match against Slaven Bilic’s men with Loris Karius again coming under fire for his performance.

Milner thinks that Liverpool gave themselves too much to do in the second half after goals from Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio put the Hammers in the lead.

“I thought we started pretty well, got around the ball, [played] some good bits of football,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“But when we went in the lead it seemed to change slightly; I don’t think it was bad but it wasn’t the same intensity.

“We didn’t keep it simple enough I don’t think and we’ve let them back into the game. We started the second half very well, but it’s too late then really.

“We got ourselves back into the game, had chances to win it, but it’s giving ourselves a lot to do from being in a good position.”

When asked if Jurgen Klopp’s side will do better in the future, Milner responded: “We just have to be concentrated.

“We’ve shown all season that when we’re at it and 100 per cent and everyone’s firing together, we can beat anyone.

“As soon as we drop off slightly… you can’t do that in the Premier League, you get punished.”

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