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James Milner on how the locker room of Liverpool has changed in the double fight to Man City

James Milner has worked out the three qualities that will help Liverpool to hunt for the Premier League and Champions League fame.

The Reds hope to take another step towards a double cutlery next week.

Jürgen Klopp's Premier League leaders will entertain Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, while defending their 2-0 quarter-final first leg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in Porto on Wednesday.

Only Milner and Daniel Sturridge have won the Premier League in the relatively young squad of Liverpool.

The vice-captain, however, sees enough talent in the squad to end an almost three-decade wait on Anfield supporters – and also bring City to the Champions League crown.

"You can only be a winner if you actually win something, so we can not be winners yet, but the potential is there," said Milner. "I think if you get the over the line it will be sweeter, yes.

"I think even against Porto we played better, we know that the first half was pretty good and not the second half, but it was a Champions League final last year, a final of the Europa League in 2016 Quarterfinals – these are the games we're doing now because we've been there before.

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"We have this experience, trust and faith in each other, there are many good teams in the Champions League and Porto will not be easy, so it is important that we continue to recover after the match.

"It's an intense part of the season, but we can use that experience in recent years to continue working on our own issues."

Milner has started all three cup finals under Klopp, after he had lost in the League Cup, in the Europa League and in the Champions League a defeat.

However, the 33-year-old believes that the current harvest is highly competitive as she approaches her first domestic title since 1990.

James Milner passes the trophy defeated by Real Madrid and Liverpool after the UEFA Champions League final
James Milner passes the trophy defeated by Real Madrid and Liverpool after the UEFA Champions League final

He added, "We just want to focus on our job and that's what we're doing right now, it's something I believe, we learned quickly and learned a lot.

"I think there will always be a lot of talk, of course, when you choose league titles, especially at a club like Liverpool and waiting for what it was like (for a league title).

"I think you can see in the performances on the field and in the way the boys do business, that everyone is focused on our job and what we can control, which is the case in every game do not pay attention to the ball.

"I think winning is the only thing I miss at this time, we lost in three finals and you just have to keep going, get there and improve as a team, which we do year after year in the club.

"You can see how we play football, but also how we manage to endure to the end, if things do not look good, dig deep and come back."

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