James Milner: "Not Good Enough"

James Milner confessed Liverpool were not up to scratch after they lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Fulham on Sunday.
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Despite several changes, Liverpool were unable to deal with Scott Parker's well-drilled Fulham side. The 1-0 loss now means the Reds have lost six consecutive league games at Anfield, the worst run in the club's illustrious history. 

Mario Lemina's strike on the stroke of half time was enough for the visitors to leave Anfield with all three points.

In yet another below-par performance from Liverpool, they continued to be uninspiring and as a result the poor run of form continued. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, via the official Liverpool website, after the match, Milner gave his thoughts on the Reds' disappointing performance.

"Obviously it wasn’t good enough from the standards we’ve set.

"We made changes today and we didn’t really start very well, they passed it around very well in the first half and their set-up caused us problems where we couldn’t get too close to them.

Milner was brought off after 76 minutes and was replaced by the returning Fabinho in midfield. 

"Second half, we had a lot of the ball and probably had chances to score but didn’t really create as much as we would have liked."

Milner then addressed the impact of Klopp making seven changes to the side that lost to Chelsea earlier in the week.

"It’s not familiarity, obviously we train with each other a lot and we’ve all played together a lot. It’s just obviously players who maybe haven’t played as much and getting that rhythm.

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"But it’s excuses at the end of the day. We need to be better, we know that."

"We know we can perform a lot better but things aren’t happening for us at the moment. I don’t think you can level at the players there’s no effort there – the effort is always there.

 "But when things aren’t going for you everything is a lot harder; you miss a chance and it hits you a lot harder. You need one to go in off someone’s knee or something and at the moment it’s not happening for us."

He then spoke about Liverpool's woeful home form and the effect it is having on the squad.

The barron home run stretches from December 2020 and with the club yet to win at home since the turn of the year it paints a worrying picture.

Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that the spell is the worst of his managerial career

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"The mindset has to be like it always is: concentrate on the next game. It definitely hurts." Milner said.

"When you’re playing for a club with the history of Liverpool, the history we’ve created as a group of players, the standards we’ve set, we’re not hitting them at this moment in time and it’s not good enough. 

"We know the incredible support we get all around the world and they’re still with us despite our poor performance at this moment in time. 

"It’s disappointing and hard when you’re letting the club down and letting the fans down. It’s for us to keep pushing and dig ourselves out of the mess."

Liverpool will travel back to Hungary for the second leg of their Champions League tie against RB Leipzig on Wednesday. That game may prove season-defining, considering the Reds' fading hopes of a top-four finish.

Can Liverpool turn their dire form around; or will Leipzig deliver the fatal sucker punch to the club's turbulent season?