Monday’s Merseyside derby certainly didn’t live up to expectations, but a win is a win, and overall that’s all that matters. Liverpool’s 1-0 derby win keeps them in a strong title-contending position heading into January.
Liverpool clinched a victory against the Evertonians in the 94th minute of the game, with Sadio Mane popping up to seal the deal for the Reds.
In a very recent interview on Liverpool’s official website, James Milner reflected back on the derby win.
Milner discussed Liverpool’s overall team performance stating that he felt that they were always on top and that the Reds never took their eye off the game. Their self-belief, the undeviating tactics and their pure patience were all key factors that allowed Liverpool to clinch the victory.
“To be able to come out of it with a victory and also the way we kept going in the second half, [we] kept playing, kept trying to do the right things, we were on the front foot for the majority of the second half definitely – I can’t remember them being in our box too many times – and we played the game in their half really.”
“To keep probing, to keep playing the way we want to play and then be rewarded with that is obviously pleasing. It shows good patience from the lads and shows we were not getting too anxious.”
He added that the three points are all that matters in hindsight, and that is all everyone remembers, especially in passionate English derby games in particular.
“Derbies are all about the victory and the three points and the bragging rights,”
“You want to play well and you want to put in a performance, but ultimately that’s all that matters and that’s all that anyone cares about. The way we did it is pleasing and probably the fans enjoyed it more winning like that. But any win will do in a derby.”
“Obviously the other night, winning in the last minute – any last-minute victory, we had a few last year as well, obviously with the Dortmund game and at Norwich – the moments after those games, you can’t really beat in football, and when it’s been so close and feeling that relief of getting the victory in that dramatic fashion.”
Liverpool now sit in second place of the English Premier League, six points behind leaders Chelsea, but ahead of Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham respectively.
Certainly, James Milner seems to be very happy with Liverpool’s position heading into the Christmas period. Over that period, the Reds will host both Stoke City and Man City at Anfield, which are points that they’ll hope to gain before heading to struggling Sunderland.
Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena.
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