Liverpool’s vice-captain James Milner has challenged his team-mates to go and make up for missing out on the Premier League title by beating Tottenham in the Champions League final.
Manchester City’s 4-1 win at Brighton on Sunday secured them the title after finishing one-point ahead of Liverpool, who also won their final game of the season against Wolves at Anfield.
Liverpool, though, still have the opportunity to lift a major trophy this season when they take on Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid in two-weeks time.
Milner hopes himself and the rest of the Liverpool squad can compensate for just missing out on the Premier League title, by tasting success in the Champions League final.
“We have to be proud of what we’ve achieved. Unfortunately it’s just short, but obviously what we did earlier in the week [versus Barcelona] gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware, because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware. I think the team especially, these boys, how they grind out results,” Milner told Liverpool’s official club website.
Milner is right to be proud of what himself and the rest of his team-mates have achieved this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side managing to claim 97 points in the Premier League, which is the most ever collected by a runner-up in the division’s history. However, as the 33-year-old acknowledges Manchester City were ultimately just too good to deny them a second successive title, but now he and his fellow team-mates can end the season on a positive note by securing the Champions League trophy in Madrid. Milner is right to suggest that Liverpool would be deserving of winning a major trophy for their efforts throughout the season, but the experienced player will be well aware that the Reds will need to earn the right to win the Champions League final by playing well against Tottenham. If Liverpool can show the same level of performance they have done throughout the season against Tottenham it should be enough to see them eclipse last year’s Champions League runners-up position, and finally deliver Klopp a first major trophy.