James Milner has told the Daily Star that he hopes the experience of relegation with Leeds United in 2004 will help Liverpool over the line in their quest to win a first Premier League title.
The Reds are now just two wins away from securing the elusive crown, after Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United yesterday.
Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday but prior to that, they had lost three of their last four in all competitions.
The 34-year-old knows about the mental aspect of the game and insists his Elland Road experiences could serve him well.
He told the Daily Star: “There is going to be a point where it’s very hard to win a game. I have been relegated and you think it’s impossible to win a game of football.
“You have to keep performing and pushing hard and when you have experienced things in the past it does help.
“When you get a few poor performances, questions get asked but it’s not normal to go on the sort of run we have.
“The one thing you can’t question is the mentality of this group.”
Milner earns £140,000-a-week at Anfield and was a standout performer on Saturday.
Slotting in at left-back for the injured Andy Robertson, he produced a stunning goal-line clearance to deny Ryan Fraser.
He has always been a reliable member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and along with Jordan Henderson, his experience is proving invaluable.
The mentality of a relegation battle and winning the title are perhaps different, although Milner will want the Reds to win the league sooner rather than later.
Now it’s down to just two games the mental side and the media attention becomes massive for Liverpool.
As a result, getting over the line becomes paramount.
Their next fixture is away at Everton a week today before they face Crystal Palace at home the week after.
Winning it at home would be special and they will want to keep up their good form and go down as one of the best title-winning teams of all time.