Milner happy Liverpool overcame getting ‘punished’ by Atletico

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Milner happy Liverpool overcame getting ‘punished’ by Atletico

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is pleased that his teammates were able to overcome getting “punished” by Atletico Madrid to take all three points.

The Reds faced Atletico Madrid in their latest Champions League group game on Tuesday night. The English side made a fast start as they went two goals ahead early on.

Mohamed Salah’s deflected effort gave them the lead before Naby Keita’s edge of the box volley made it two.

Liverpool were made to battle for all three points as Antoine Griezmann brought Madrid level before the break.

The French forward was later sent off and

As reported by the, Milner said that Liverpool’s win was a “great night’s work” for Jurgen Klopp’s men:

“You always will when you come here. Obviously, it’s a tough place to come, a well-organised team, difficult to play against, passionate fans, passionate manager. It’s not just the football side of things, obviously it’s the atmosphere and everything that goes with it. So to come here and get three points is a great day’s work.

“That’s what can happen against good teams at this level in these sort of atmospheres. If you take your foot off the gas or make the odd mistake, you get punished – and that’s what happened.

“Obviously we were in full control, and we made the odd mistake here and there and they get back in it and it was very hard to get that momentum back. But fair play to the boys to be able to do that in the second half.

“It’s not easy then going in at half-time because they feel like they are on the up and obviously we’re disappointed with how the first half went in the end. So, to get that momentum back and get the win was pleasing.

On Liverpool’s first goal: “My foot was dangling about! Goals are more important to Mo than me, so it’s another special goal for Mo and a great penalty from him as well. Obviously there was a bit of pressure on it. Him waiting, as always now with the VAR to check, makes it a bit more difficult in that atmosphere to score the penalty. I think he’s done it before at that end, hasn’t he? Same result.”

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‘Tactically inept cabbage-head’ Bruce makes ‘last job’ claim

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‘Tactically inept cabbage-head’ Bruce makes ‘last job’ claim

Steve Bruce claims it could be his “last job” in management after the Newcastle United job took its toll on his family.

The Magpies were still looking for their first win of the new Premier League season when the former Aston Villa and Hull City manager .

A Saudi-led consortium took over the club just under a fortnight ago with the writing on the wall for Bruce even before their .

Following huge pressure on him during his time at Newcastle, Bruce is unsure whether he could put his family through similar stress at another club.

“I think this might be my last job,” . “It’s not just about me; it’s taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies and I can’t ignore that.

“They have been worried about me… especially my wife Jan. What an amazing woman she is, incredible, she’s just a fantastic woman, wife and mother and grandmother. She dealt with the death of my parents, hers have not been very well. And then she had me to worry about and what I’ve been going through the last couple of years.

“I can’t take her for granted, she has spent her whole life following me around from football club to football club and if I was to say to her tomorrow, I’ve been offered a job in China, or anywhere, she would say, ‘Steve, is this right for you, do you want to do it?’ And she’d back me again.

“I’m 60 years old and I don’t know if I want to put her through it again. We’ve got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager – until I get a phone call from a chairman somewhere asking if I can give them a hand. Never say never, I’ve learnt that.”

And Bruce admits he felt that Newcastle supporters wanted him “to fail” at the club and that criticism of his style of football was “ridiculous”.

Bruce added: “I really have to thank all the people who have worked alongside me, because I can be demanding and I can be hard work – especially when I was younger. “When we get beat, I get very low, but when you are managing in the Premier League with Birmingham, Wigan, Hull, Sunderland you do get better at dealing with it. You have to.

“By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail, to read people constantly saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a stupid, tactically inept cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.

“When we were doing ok results wise, it was ‘yeah but the style of football is rubbish’ or I was just ‘lucky.’ It was ridiculous and persistent, even when the results were good.

“The best one was to be told we were a relegation team in all but points…this was all in the first season. We finished 13th. It [the criticism and abuse] got even worse in the second year. We finished 12th, 17 points clear of the bottom three.

“I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed the fight, proving people wrong, but that’s all it ever seemed to be. A fight, a battle. It does take its toll because even when you win a game, you don’t feel like you are winning over the supporters.”


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