Reds' veteran midfielder highlights this one concerning issue Liverpool have at the moment: James Milner believes Reds have to be able to break every team down

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Liverpool’s James Milner believes their 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Sunday highlighted another glaring issue for The Reds that they must overcome.

Liverpool controlled the game at Old Trafford with 65% of the possession but, worryingly, they were not able to make that domination count when it came to creating chances.

The Reds only managed one shot on goal on a day where David De Gea surely would have expected to be far busier than he was.

The vastly experienced James Milner, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, believes that Liverpool are still struggling against teams who set up with a deep defensive line.

“When you play for a team like Liverpool, and with the players we’ve got, you want to win every game no matter who it’s against – and we know we can.

“So when you come off and you don’t win it’s always disappointing. But sometimes you have to look [at it] and think, hopefully, it’s a good point at the end of the season. There’s a long way to go and we’ve just to keep going.

“The clean sheet is pleasing, they didn’t really have anything – the own goal was offside and a couple of others were offside.”

Milner then acknowledged Liverpool’s difficulties in creating anything on a day when United’s defensive setup was close to perfect.

“We’ve got to look where we can improve when we have got the ball and teams are sat back; we have come up against it a lot this season, teams showing a lot of respect against us with the players we’ve got.

“That’s something we’ve got to adapt to and work out how to break down.

“Around the box we didn’t manage to open them up as much as we would like.

“They are a confident team at the moment and well organised, so it’s never going to be easy to break them down, but with the players we’ve got we would have liked to create more opportunities.”

Next up for Liverpool is Watford at home this Wednesday night. Three points is a must for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they look to keep their slender one-point lead ahead over City in the Premier League title race.

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