Milner, a two-time champion with Manchester City, understands the significance of beating his former club to the line this season – after a catalogue of near misses has seen Liverpool written off as serial losers.
“We've lost a few finals, but we've kept going and we have improved as a team, year on year.
“But, of course, we are not yet winners. You can't be winners until you actually win something.
“We know the potential is there. Everyone can see that this isn't a good team just in the way we play football.
“You can look at times this season when we have not played so well but still got results.
“We have shown such great determination to keep going. We have dug deep and gone again.
“It doesn't mean that we will get over the line, but we are getting closer each year and we've got a good chance.
“We just have to take care of our games."