Milner: Liverpool “waiting for it to click”
Jurgen Klopp has been in charge of Liverpool for just over two calendar years, but according to Premier League vet James Milner, things just haven’t come together. Yet.
With Liverpool sitting in 6th position in the Premier League table and set to take on NK Maribor in Champions League play on Wednesday, the 31-year-old claims Liverpool still needs time to get things right with the squad.
“We have had injuries and I think we are waiting for it to click,” Milner said ahead of the game. “We have shown glimpses - when we showed it in Maribor, it was pretty devastating. We have to be on top of our game, set the tempo and come out all guns blazing.”
Milner is referring to the reverse fixture of this matchup, when they clobbered the Slovenian side on the road in Eastern Europe 7-0 14 days ago. Following that match, however, the Reds came home and lost to Spurs at Wembley Stadium 4-1, followed by a 3-0 win against Huddersfield. That inconsistency is what has thus far kept Klopp from challenging for the Premier League title.
Aside from a run of four consecutive wins in mid-to-late August, Liverpool has not won back-to-back games all year across all competitions. Coming off that Huddersfield triumph, Klopp would do well to keep the run going as they head back to the English capital for a meeting with West Ham this coming weekend.