Liverpool training ground alteration providing ‘motivation’ versus United
James Milner states Liverpool’s ‘champions wall’ is helping provide the “special motivation” for this season’s FA Cup campaign.
Considering that joining the Reds in the summer of 2015, Milner has actually seen the wall changed to include the club’s successes in the Champions League, Premier League and a first-ever Club World Cup, which was sketched on to the art work in December 2019.
The wall, which was duplicated at the AXA Centre when Liverpool moved from Melwood in November, is a source of inspiration for the team, Milner states.
And the vice-captain states the idea of adding the number 8 below the FA Cup will belong to the thinking when they take a trip to Manchester United on Sunday for the fourth-round tie.
” It’s always special when you win any trophy and the FA Cup is a special competition,” Milner informed Liverpoolfc.com.
” The success we’ve had more than current years, we’ve managed to alter that wall at the training ground and at Anfield with the number of trophies we have actually won.
” That’s always special and a huge inspiration.
” For a club as successful as Liverpool you wish to keep adding to that.
” It would be nice to do that but certainly there’s a long way to go. We simply wish to march there and win every video game we can.
” The next one is the most important and perhaps more so than ever, clearly with the little run we’re on at this moment in time.”
The FA Cup might just be coming at an appropriate time for Liverpool given their poor run in the Premier League.
The Reds lack a win in the league because December 19 and that five-fixture run was compounded with the loss of their near four-year unbeaten stretch at Anfield on Thursday night.
Burnley’s 1-0 victory gave an end a 68-game run at house for the champs and Milner admits it is harder to carry out without the support of the fans inside the stadium.
Liverpool’s unrelenting nature of their pressing is often helped by the roar of the Anfield faithful, Milner says, however the veteran midfielder is refusing to utilize that as an excuse.
Milner included: “I would not say more difficult, it’s the very same for all teams – I do not wish to use that excuse. It is a big miss out on in the game.
” It’s definitely not an excuse, it’s the very same for all groups. Looking and analysing it from our perspective, how we play – we’re on top of groups at times and you feel that pressure in the stadium growing on the other team when there’s fans there.
” When you’re on the attack, when we’re pressing and winning the ball back, you get that lift from the crowd when you win that ball back, it’s a little win in the game and all these things develop up.
” That’s obviously from our side, but it’s the exact same for all groups and we have not handled it as well as we must have done. We require to do it better.
” The fans have actually been extraordinary considering that I have actually been at the club and long before I have actually been at the club.
” You’re well aware of the assistance they provide us. It would assist us if they were right by our side on that football pitch at this minute in time, however we have to stick together in the training school.
” We understand the fans are ideal behind us, as constantly, and we need them more than ever and sharing their voices where they can.
” It’s disappointing they’re not with us but it’s down to us to provide something to shout about and pull ourselves out of this run we’re in at the minute.”