James Milner hails “exciting times” at Liverpool

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New Liverpool signing James Milner believes Liverpool fans have a lot to be excited about with a good range of youth and experience at the club.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Friday, July 17, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Brisbane Roar during a preseason friendly match at the Suncorp Stadium on day five of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 29-year-old bagged his first goal for the Reds on Friday, scoring the winner in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar in a friendly.

His performances so far in pre-season have earned much praise from supporters and the England international is delighted to be part of it.

“It’s really exciting times at the club. I think you look at the squad as it is here and there are plenty of young players coming through, the manager and the new staff he has brought in, everything is there for us,” he told the official website.

“And there are still a number of players to come in as well so it is exciting times.

“Pre-season is a great time for us to get to know each other, the new players, and build that foundation for us for the season to kick on and go from there. 

“The longer we’re together the more we’ll improve and the better we’ll get.”

Football - Liverpool FC Preseason Tour 2015 - Day 4

Brendan Rodgers has made wholesale changes to his backroom staff this summer with Sean O’Driscoll, Pepijn Lijnders and Gary McAllister coming in.

In addition, along with Milner, Liverpool have also welcomed the arrivals of Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne, with Roberto Firmino still to join his new teammates and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke expected to follow suit.

Milner added that there is a great sense of team unity at the club: “I think you could see from afar, really, that team unity and everybody wanting to play for each other.

“Without the ball that press and everybody doing it together – and you need to do that to play that way.

“I think looking at the characteristics of the team from afar you can see it’s a side that wants to press, wants to put teams under pressure, and when they’ve got it play as well.

“Coming in, I think it’s a great bunch of lads, a very honest bunch of lads, and people want to go that extra yard for each other.

“You need that when you’re playing this well.”

Liverpool are now preparing for their third pre-season friendly of the summer against Adelaide United on Monday (10:30am UK).

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