Liverpool midfielder James Milner remains coy over the club’s chances of winning the Premier League title this season, although he suggests the Merseyside outfit shouldn’t be ruled out of contention for the domestic crown.
The Reds summer arrival, signed as a free agent, knows what it takes to win the Premier League having twice claimed the title with Manchester City.
However, speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the England international appeared reluctant to overstate the club’s ambitions for the current season.
He said: “We will see at the end of the season, won’t we? I think it is an exciting time to be at the club.”
“There have obviously been a lot of changes on and off the field in the summer and I think it will take time to get to our best.”
“But to start the season like we have is pleasing. We don’t want to put any targets on it, but the longer we get into this season and the more we play together, you will see us improve more and more.”
Liverpool have been lucky to be the beneficiaries of two poor decisions in their opening three fixtures, with Benteke's winner against Bournemouth clearly offside – under the new ruling - and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey had his strike disallowed out at Emirates Stadium on Monday evening.
Nonetheless, it often takes a slice of luck to enjoy a successful campaign and Brendan Rodgers will certainly not fault his side’s performances throughout the opening weeks of the season to date.
Whether the Reds can win a first Premier League title remains to be seen, but seven points from a possible nine this early ensures that they remain in the running to do so.