James Milner has said Liverpool should embrace enhanced expectations this season and it is now the time for the side to win their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest competitors for the Premier League title this term following a summer where the squad was strengthened with the additions of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson.
Milner, who won the league with City on two occasions, is confident that Liverpool can end their six-year trophy drought in 2018-19, having lost their last three finals.
“Expectations should be high,” the 32-year-old told Liverpool’s matchday programme. “We’re at Liverpool. It’s a massive club where expectations are always high because there is a great history of winning things here.
“We are expected to win every single game, no matter who we are playing against when we step on to the field, so it’s up to us to be big enough to accept that responsibility and embrace the pressure.
“I’ve been here for three years now and in that time we’ve been to three finals and come so close to winning silverware. You can see the progression of the team since the manager has been here. We are capable of beating anyone.
“The team has evolved and we’re moving forward all the time but I think it is time we got over the line and won a piece of silverware. That’s putting pressure on ourselves but that is what’s expected at this football club.
“It’s something that we are more than ready to do, but getting that first trophy is always the hardest. If we can get that first trophy it will hopefully set up better things to come.”