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James Milner has pointed out the key factors to Liverpool’s Champions League progress against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 second tie.
The Reds were beaten 1 – 0 by Diego Simeone’s side in their last 16 first leg game at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The loss was the first of three in four games for the club. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side could celebrate their another win in the Premier League clash against Bournemouth, beating the rivals with a 2 – 1 score.
And Milner believes he and his teammates are now on the right way. Should it be combined with Anfield crowd, they will succeed over the Champions League opponents.
The Yorkshireman told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think obviously coming into that game off the back of a good result is pleasing, it gives us a good feeling. The crowd will be right with us, they were with us again today, and it’ll be a special night – it always is, so it’s down to us to turn around a tough result. We know how good they are, we know how well organised they are but hopefully we can push them all the way and overturn that and have another special night at Anfield.”
Milner was also pleased how his side could bounce back after Callum Wilson’s ninth minute opener in the Bournemouth match.
“No team goes through a season without having a couple of performances which aren’t at the level. It happens, it’s a long season and you see how many games we’ve played, and any sport you play it’s impossible to be at your highest level all year, year in and year out. You try your best and it just doesn’t happen, and that’s when you need to find a way to win. We’ve done that but we need to get back to the level that we know we can perform at. But the boys are working hard, you can see that it’s not through a lack of effort and the two finishes (against Bournemouth) were clinical from the lads up front. We could have closed it out as well but they had chances as well, so there’s plenty to look at on what we can improve on,” he added.