James Milner wants to make Liverpool a horrible place to play

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James Milner says Jurgen Klopp is trying to turn Anfield into a "horrible" place to play for the opposition by continuing the trend of scoring late goals.

Liverpool have made a habit of grabbing decisive goals in the dying embers of games, most recently against Chelsea in Wednesday's 1-1 draw. Christian Benteke cancelled out Eden Hazard's strike in injury time to give the Reds a deserved point.

They have also changed games with just minutes to spare against West Brom, Norwich City, Arsenal and Crystal Palace. Most famously, Dejan Lovren scored a dramatic winning goal against Borussia Dortmund to keep their Europa League campaign alive.


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But, according to Milner, it is no coincidence that Liverpool are starting to grab goals in the last minute as Klopp is actively drilling into his players that they should not give up until the final whistle blows.

Ultimately, the aim is to make sure Anfield becomes a horrible place for opposing teams to play, to the point that both players and fans fear to travel to Merseyside. Milner believes it's already working, describing the famous ground as a "fortress".

A fortress

He told "The manager said it earlier on in the season, [it's about] giving the fans performances to believe in and, when we are losing late in games, making them believe that we'll get a goal and get back in the game.

"We can make this a fortress and our performances will ultimately do that, and if we're doing the business on the field [the fans] will get right behind us and create an amazing atmosphere.

"If we can make this a horrible place to play, ourselves and the fans, it's a massive plus to [help] win our games at home."

Little to play for

Liverpool were accused of lacking a cutting edge last night with critics believing they already have one eye on the Europa League final against Sevilla on May 18. With little to play for in their final Premier League games, few could blame them for pulling out of the odd challenge or not chasing down the ball.

However, Milner rejected that claim, saying the team are focussed on finishing in the highest possible position in the league.

"We're disappointed not to win, we wanted to win the game," he added.

"You want to finish with a win and if you can't do that then make sure you don't lose the game, so that was important.

"Many people might've thought we had one eye on next week but we were 100 per cent [focused] on tonight and we were desperate to win. I think you could see that from the way we kept playing even though things weren't quite going for us."

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