James Milner has issued a rallying cry to his Liverpool team-mates and supporters after their dismal 1-0 defeat by Burnely left their title hopes in tatters.
The 35-year-old was an unused sub as Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten thanks to an 83rd minute penalty that was converted by Ashley Barnes, a goal that ended the Reds’ 68-match unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League.
James Milner has called on Liverpool players and fans to pull together after the Burnley defeat
The 35-year-old took to Twitter to call for a show of support to beleaguered boss Jurgen Klopp
Plenty of questions have been raised in recent weeks over Liverpool’s domestic form, having failed to win any of their last five matches and having now failed to score in their last four.
However, club veteran Milner, who has been with the club since joining from Manchester City in 2015, has emphasised the need for all to pull together at this difficult moment.
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone is more important than ever right now,’ he wrote on Twitter.’
Milner was an unused substitute as Liverpool slumped to defeat at Anfield against Burnley
‘No good comes from feeling sorry for ourselves and excuses won’t help. It’s on us, all of us, to fight our way back.
‘We’re at our strongest when we are one force – players & supporters, TOGETHER.’
He signed off the tweet with the hashtag #UnityIsStrength and #YNWA. Unity Is Strength is mantra that has been adopted by the club and has bee displayed over the empty seats at Anfield during the coronavirus pandemic, while crowds are still locked out.
Milner also attached a picture of the manager Klopp, suggesting the German is in need of backing at this difficult moment.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss appears to feeling the pressure for the first time in the Liverpool hotseat, having been spotted exchanging cross words with Burnley boss Sean Dyche in the tunnel at half-time on Thursday evening.
Jurgen Klopp has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in the dugout over the last month
After the match, Klopp raised the prospect of frustration with a lack of transfer activity this month for the first time, while also taking responsibility for yet another off-key performance.
‘It was a massive, massive punch in the face,’ Klopp admitted.
‘It’s my responsibility, that’s the easy explanation. We lost the game which is pretty impossible but we did it. That is my fault.
‘How is it possible we lose that game? But we lost it, we made even that happen. It is our fault – and that means my fault. It’s always my fault, the things that don’t work are my fault. We’ve worked together for a long time now.’