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Sunday 19 May 2019

Milner eyes redemption in Euro final

James Milner
James Milner

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is looking for Champions League redemption in Madrid next month.

A year ago in Kiev Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a freakish 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in which they lost the in-form Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury after an early clash with Sergio Ramos, conceded two goals to goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius and a third to a brilliant Gareth Bale overhead kick.

But, having reached back-to-back finals after overcoming a 3-0 first-leg deficit to Barcelona, Milner is looking to make up for last year’s disappointment when they face Tottenham on June 1.

“What we did (against Barcelona) gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware,” the midfielder said.

“I think the team especially, these boys, how they grind out results. What we’ve been through in the last two weeks...I haven’t got enough good words to say about the character within the squad, the ability and the mentality.

“The boys deserve a bit of silverware, but the fans do too. The fans have been unbelievable all year, they’ve lifted us when we’ve needed them, they’ve stuck with us when it’s been tough in games.”

Liverpool received a pre-final boost when they were allocated the more luxurious home dressing room for the final despite being the designated away team.

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