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Milner: Liverpool will be ready for the “Challenge of Christmas”

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Newcastle player Vurnon Anita (r) challenges James Milner of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James’ Park on December 6, 2015 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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James Milner and Liverpool are ready for the challenge of Christmas, we can assure you is not a new cup competition.

Milner admits that there’s a “festive feeling” around Boxing Day games, but insists that Liverpool are ready to play a distraction-free match against Newcastle United on Wednesday (Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

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Noting that the Reds will be training on Christmas and staying in a hotel ahead of the Magpies’ visit, the ex-Newcastle midfielder says Liverpool will be focused on the task at hand against a Rafa Benitez’s stingy defending unit.


“We’ve got a good group of players who have done that very well this year and a lot of players who are very experienced around Christmas time and know what it’s about.

“It is a tough time of year, there are plenty of things going on, and that’s all part of the challenge of Christmas.”

Newcastle hasn’t beaten Liverpool at Anfield since the 1994-95 League Cup, and has been blanked 10 times in the Reds’ legendary home.

Then again, Liverpool hasn’t taken six points from a season series with the Magpies since 2008-09. There’s a good chance this is the season for that.

Liverpool heads into Christmas with a four-point advantage atop the Premier League table.

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