Milner targeting his first cup final start

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is hoping for his first start in a Cup final, when the Reds lock horns with Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Milner recalls his time at Manchester City, where he made just one appearance as a substitute in their 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic in the 2013 FA Cup decider, and hopes things will change this time around.

"A couple of times I had played every round so thought I might play in the final. But the manager picks the team he thinks is right and that's that," he said.

"The time we pipped Liverpool to the title at City, I started in five of six games and then missed out on the final one when we actually won it.

"The one that stung me the most was when we had won the trophy and the manager came up to me and said 'I should have played you,' but he never did.

"I thought that was a bit pointless – I don't know what you're supposed to do with that. That one probably hurt me the most, but I'm not going to say who it was."

The 30-year-old also added that he moved to Liverpool in the off-season to win trophies, and that is exactly what he intends to do, starting with the Wednesday clash at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.

"When I moved it was because I thought I had a chance of winning trophies, even thought people thought I'd have more of that at City," he explained.

"A big reason I came was to play more football and not have any regrets at the end of my career, and get the most out of it.

"I'm 30 and although it's not old, it's probably the latter phase of my career.

"I want to play as much as I can, look back and think that I left nothing out there, no wasted games – you want to be remembered for what you've won and what sort of player you are."

 

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