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Milner admits addressing Liverpool teammates about form slump

Liverpool veteran James Milner admits addressing teammates about their slump ahead of victory over Bournemouth.

The Reds reacted to three defeats in four matches with a vital win over Bournemouth .

And with the title in the bag, Jurgen Klopp's side will turn their attention to their defence of the Champions League, with a 1-0 deficit to overturn on Wednesday night against Atletico Madrid.

Milner said that as a senior player, he took it upon himself to find a way out of the bad run by encouraging and criticising fellow players.

He said: “It is a bit of both. I think we all do it together. It is important that you don't just focus on the negatives because confidence is a fragile thing and momentum is massive in football.

“You don't become a bad team overnight, you don't become bad players overnight and sometimes things don't quite go for you.

“As long as the effort is there and the desire to make it right - even if you have the worst game in the world and you can't pass to each other you can still go and press and have a high tempo and make it happen and at times this season we have done that.

“We've won games by not playing well and finding a way - that shows the heart desire and sort of team we are."

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