Reds’ veteran midfielder says squad must learn to respond the right way to disappointments

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Liverpool’s experienced midfielder James Milner believes that the current Reds squad must start “reacting the right way to disappointments”.

Milner played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Speaking to Sony India after the game, Milner was asked about the mood in the dressing room after going out of the competition:

“Ultimately disappointment. It’s a cup game and the result is the only thing that matters in a cup game, so that’s disappointing.

“I think the boys can be proud of how they played. Disappointed to give away the goals we did, which could have been stopped.

“But we reacted better today to disappointments in the game, better than we have done in recent games, and I think that’s a positive for us going forward.”

When asked about the squad’s confidence, Milner spoke like a man of experience, insisting that this squad may need to learn to deal with disappointments and respond in the best way possible:

“I think when you’ve been on the run we have in the last few years, winning game after game – at times maybe when we didn’t deserve to win – and things are going your way, everything is easy.

“And obviously when results aren’t going your way, things that went your way before don’t seem to. That’s what we have to keep pushing, keep working hard, reacting the right way to disappointments.

“I think the boys did well today; they worked hard up front, created some good chances and I thought some of the play in the final third was a lot better today, we carved out some good chances.

“Ultimately today is a cup game, but hopefully it’s the first step of us getting back on a good run.”

Liverpool are in London this Thursday night as they face Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side in the Premier League.

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