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James Milner urged Liverpool team-mates to totally absorb FA Cup celebrations


‘You’ve got won the FA Cup – GET OFF your phone!’: James Milner warned his Liverpool team-mates ‘you never know when it’ll be your last’ trophy as he urged them to totally absorb the celebrations at Wembley

James Milner could have garnered a nickname for being ‘boring’ however the 36-year-old was in no mood to see a raft of mobile phones getting used in Liverpool’s dressing room after winning the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged victorious following a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea, helping them seal their second domestic trophy this season.

Liverpool are aiming for a famous quadruple but Milner is wary of players getting too comfortable with winning titles.  

Lots of Liverpool’s players marked winning the FA Cup by going onto their mobile phones

Midfielder James Milner was unimpressed and wants his team-mates to live in the moment

Midfielder James Milner was unimpressed and desires his team-mates to live within the moment

‘You never know when it’ll be your last,’ Milner told the Mirror, as quoted by the Anfield Watch

‘You go into the dressing room after the sport and all the lads are straight on their phones. I’m saying: ‘You’ve got won the FA Cup – get off your phone!’

‘Yeah, you get 40 or 50 messages but you get on the bus and you’ll be able to cope with that.’

Liverpool want to pull of essentially the most special of seasons, with three games separating them from completing a Premier League title and Champions League glory.

Goalkeeper Adrian (right) seen holding his phone as players celebrated their FA Cup success

Goalkeeper Adrian (right) seen holding his phone as players celebrated their FA Cup success

Milner’s former team Manchester City hold the sting within the title race, while Real Madrid will prove tough opposition in Paris within the Champions League final later this month. 

Victory at Wembley was Milner’s second FA Cup triumph, arriving 11 years after he first won the trophy. 

A 3-time Premier League winner, two-time FA Cup winner and Champions League winner, Milner wanted his team-mates to know within the dressing room afterwards just how ‘lucky’ they’re as skilled footballers.

‘You’re lucky to be a footballer, lucky to play in any final and to win ten medals, in case you’ve said that to me at the beginning of my profession then I’d have been pretty pleased!’ he added.

Milner, a two-time FA Cup winner, was keen to stress no player knows if it is there last trophy

Milner, a two-time FA Cup winner, was keen to emphasize no player knows whether it is there last trophy

Milner is within the twilight of his profession but stays certainly one of the important thing pieces in Liverpool’s dressing room that continues to maintain standards high. 

After a recent league win away at Newcastle, Klopp was effusive in his praise of ‘role model’ Milner.

‘He’s a task model. I even have told him, I can tell the entire world – nothing we’ve achieved in the previous few years would have happened without James Milner, it’s as easy as that,’ the German boss said.

‘Whether he was on the pitch or not, he’s set standards in a way not a number of people can set standards, and it educated all of us.’


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