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Milner insists Liverpool must win trophies to be considered ‘best team in the world’

James Milner insists Liverpool must win trophies before they can be considered as the ‘best team in the world’.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Portugal for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg at Anfield a week ago.

Barcelona await in the semi-finals should they progress, whilst the club also top the Premier League with four games to go as they bid to end a 29-year wait for a top-flight title.

Ahead of their clash with the Portuguese champions, Porto boss Sergio Conceicao called Liverpool ‘the best team in the world’, though Milner admits his side have much to prove before being given that title.

“That’s a nice compliment, and you get those compliments by playing good football over a sustained period of time so we can take that as a compliment,” said Milner in Liverpool’s pre-match press conference.

“But to be that, I think you have to win trophies, and that’s something we haven’t done yet and something we’re trying to do this season.

“There are a lot of good teams left in the Champions League and it’s down to us to prove that and go and win these games and, hopefully, win at least one trophy this season.”