Milner is aware Newcastle cannot be taken lightly, no matter what trials and tribulations are to come.
"They have started the season very well," he said.
"I don't think many people expected it because there have been a lot of changes up there.
"But, all credit to them, they're playing really well. They seem to have a really good team spirit and are getting good results as well.
"Hopefully we can get everybody back fit from internationals and pick up where we left off."