Milner: ‘Anfield crowd were even brilliant during warm-up’

Date published: Sunday 10th February 2019 1:16

James Milner praised the ‘brilliant’ home support of the Liverpool fans after they put themselves back at the top of the Premier League table.

Teammate Virgil Van Dijk had called for Liverpool fans to show more patience last week after they failed to fully exploit Manchester City’s shock defeat to Newcastle: the Reds were only able to grab a draw against Leicester.

Another draw away to West Ham followed, but the Reds got back to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Sadio Mane, squits victim Georginio Wijnaldum, and Mo Salah.

And Milner said of the crowd in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com: “They were brilliant from the start, even in the warm-up. There was just a different feel around the whole place and that’s what we want.

“We are all in it together, that unity. That’s everyone at Melwood and everyone in the squad, at the club and the fans as well. They did their job and we managed to do ours – 3-0 and hopefully we can keep that going.

He added: “It was great and the crowd had a big part in that, the tempo they set and the atmosphere around the ground.

“That obviously gave the boys a lift. I thought we started pretty slow and they got behind us straight away and got us going really. We got into the game and got the goals.

“Once we scored the [first] goal, we reacted better than we have done in recent games. We kept on the front foot – and that’s important – instead of taking our foot off the gas or trying to defend what you have got.

“How we want to play is front foot, that’s the way we know how to play and what we are good at.”

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