James Milner pleased by Liverpool performance against Tottenham

James Milner outside stadium

The midfielder has opened up on the one thing their new manager has asked for from his side.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool midfielder James Milner says the game against Tottenham was a good start under Jurgen Klopp.

The German has replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and took charge of his first game over the weekend as his side put in a solid if uninspiring display in the 0-0 draw with Spurs.

There was much anticipation surrounding the fixture as everyone tuned in to see the kind of football the Reds would employ under Klopp’s reign.

It was a decent performance from his side as well given their reduced numbers after a series of injuries hit the squad recently, and Milner says it was a good start from the side.

“I think it is a good start. A change of manager is never easy, we had a few injuries, to say the least, as you cannot even get into our treatment room at the moment,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Without the ball we were very good, we played a high tempo. Maybe we tried to force it forwards a bit early and we can improve with the ball, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is a tough place to come so to get a positive result is a good start.”

Everyone is now keen see the effect Klopp will have at Anfield, with it expected that he will be bringing in the philosophies he employed at Borussia Dortmund.

One of those is his famous ‘geggenpressing’, which was already evident in Liverpool’s display at White Hart Lane, as they noticeably closed down Mauricio Pochettino’s side from the start and became the first side to outrun them this season.

And while they are keen to pick up as much from their new boss, Milner says he has told them he cannot feed them everything, but has asked for 100% from them nonetheless.

“He has said he can only feed us so much as he cannot change everything,” he added.

“He asks for 100%. We will all have bad days, everyone knows that, but as long as you give him 100% and play high intensity and concentrate and give him everything.”

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