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Milner ‘desperate’ to finally win a trophy at Liverpool after three final defeats

James Milner admits he is ‘desperate’ to banish the memories of previous final defeats by finally winning a trophy at Liverpool.

The 33-year-old joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2015 but is yet to win a trophy, with the club suffering defeats in the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup finals since his arrival at Anfield.

“I have been to three finals since I have been here, lost them all and I am desperate to put that right,” Milner told the Guardian.

“It’s a memory you never forget. You are proud to have played in the European Cup final but you don’t go there to lose. I have loved every minute of my time at Liverpool but to have not won something when we have given ourselves opportunities is difficult to take.

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“It is something I am desperate to put right. It’s been so long since we won a league title. Even in recent years Liverpool haven’t won as many trophies as they should do for such a big club. We have to put that right. We have to get over the line in one of them.”

Liverpool advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win over Bayern Munich, with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to go one step further having finished runners-up last season.

They will face Portuguese side Porto in the last eight, and with all four English teams making the quarter-finals Milner admits he doesn;t like facing Premier League opposition in Europe.

“We have always had the belief that the Premier League is the best in the world but it has been a top league without that many teams [in the latter stages] of this one,” he added.

“Every team left are a good side. People will look at Porto and Ajax but they are young teams and they are flying. They deserve to be there and we all know they will be tough teams. To have four teams in the last eight is great for England but I don’t particularly want to play any of the others.

“It is always a weird feeling playing an English team in Europe. You get used to getting on a plane and instead you end up getting on a bus and going across the M62. Whoever we get will be tough. But we have shown over the last few years what we can do and hopefully we can keep putting in performances and kick on.”

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