Liverpool attack is impossible to defend against, insists Milner

Trent is a boyhood Red, raised in West Derby, who knows how much bringing a first Premier League title to Merseyside means to the city, and how hard it has been in those fallow years since 1990.

"We wanted a clean sheet and we wanted to get some goals and it could have been a lot more than 3-0". "I'm sure he can take a lot of confidence from that, which he will".

"I remember when Blackburn got over the line in 1994/95, they had a bit of a lead and they just got over the line in the end". I didn't train on Friday and I didn't sleep at the hotel either because they thought I might infect other players. "I ran inside and I managed to control it!" The Netherlands global said the Bournemouth victory was the flawless response to dropping points against West Ham and Leicester, and re-set the benchmark for the performance level required to win the Premier League. "Whether we draw, win or lose it doesn't change".

"But if we had been told that at the beginning (of the season) you will have this kind of points (65) everyone would have taken it".

"It could be better but we must appreciate where we stand". You could see at the beginning of the season we improved.

"If you see when they don't have the ball, the pressure that they make is impressive".

It's not just the title that's up for grabs in the Championship either because the team that finishes second gets automatic promotion to the Premier League, with positions third to sixth competing in a play-off for promotion.

Wijnaldum, who cost Liverpool a reported £22 million ($28 million) when he signed from Newcastle in 2016, is optimistic they can cope with competing on two fronts.

Next up for Liverpool, on February 19, is the first leg of a heavyweight European clash with Bayern Munich, before then returning to domestic competition with a trip to Manchester United. We have to give everything in every game and in the end see where we are. I think Virgil van Dijk has to be made Player of the Year. The 26-year-old said that Liverpool, who were nine points ahead of City at one stage in December, were not short of belief going into the home stretch of the season.

Sadio Mane reached his own personal landmark by scoring in a fourth successive Premier League match for the first time, although his close-range header from James Milner's cross had a suspicion of offside.

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