James Milner claims Manchester City pressure is not affecting Liverpool and admits he felt he WAS offside in build-up to opening goal against West Ham

James Milner believes Liverpool are still in good shape to win their first ever Premier League trophy, despite suffering with injuries and a lack of form.

The versatile star also admitted he thought he WAS offside against West Ham United in the build-up to the opening goal.

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Milner was played at right-back due to Liverpool’s injury crisis

Sadio Mane collected Milner’s cross to coolly slot home at the London Stadium, before Michail Antonio responded instantly for the hosts.

The 1-1 draw leaves Liverpool three points clear of Manchester City in the race for the title.

But the nature of Liverpool’s recent performances is what has garnered more attention than the results themselves, with Jurgen Klopp’s men seemingly devoid of attacking impetus and ideas while City carve teams open at will.

Milner, who has been relegated with Newcastle United and also won the league with the aforementioned Citizens, believes the pressure of chasing a title is far better than fighting for survival.

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Sadio Mane opens the scoring at the London Stadium

“I’ve been fortunate enough to win titles and I have been unfortunate enough to get relegated as well” he told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams.

“So I’ve experienced it and these are the things you should be enjoying. There’s a long way to go and a lot can happen.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if the league lead changes hands a couple of times before the end of the season.

“We’ve just got to take care of our business. The last couple of games we haven’t played that well, but we’re still picking up points and that is a positive that we’re not losing games.

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Both teams were left unimpressed with the officials

“There’s plenty we can improve on – which is nice. The preparation hasn’t been great with injuries.

“But I think as a squad we are dealing with that well and Ads [Lallana] has come in and done really well tonight, looked good on the ball. He’s a quality player so it’s good to get him minutes.

“Hopefully we can get a few more bodies back and push on.”

As mentioned above, there was a sense of injustice from the home supporters after Mane’s goal was allowed to stand, despite Milner clearly being offside when he collected a pass from Lallana.

However, the 33-year-old was honest enough to admit he did feel he was offside.

But, as every youngster who ever kicks a ball is instructed, you don’t stop unless you’re told.

He added: “I thought I might have been offside, but obviously you play to the whistle.

“I think Mo [Salah] had one after that where he looked on to me so they even out.

“There’s going to be times this season where goals are scored against us which are offside and you get that luck sometimes, but other times you don’t.”

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