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Liverpool's FA Cup exit is no blessing, insists James Milner

Liverpool's FA Cup exit is no blessing, insists James Milner

"I think the start of this season we weren't playing our best but we were getting results".

Liverpool's fixture schedule is reduced thanks to their defeat at Molineux and there is a theory the premature cup exit will be a help more than hindrance in the Premier League title and Champions League bid.

The FA Cup defeat also condemned Liverpool to consecutive defeats for the first time this season, following their 2-1 league defeat to Manchester City, and it also meant that the side are now winless in the new calendar year.

Speaking ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp called Keita an "outstanding" talent, saying: "I'm really looking forward to our common future because you see every day: wow, there's so much to come, so much influence he can have on each game". We tried everything until the end and you can not say the attitude wasn't there until the last minute - we tried everything. You've seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back. It's how you respond and how you bounce back.

"On the plus side, I think it's good for the young boys to come in and get that experience".

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"It's disappointing but we have to make sure we recover and bounce back from this". I think you've got to look at those boys today and say how well they've done.

"Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding", Milner, who made his professional debut for Leeds United at 16 years and 309 days, added. His temperament, he's comfortable on the ball.

With Joel Matip working his way back, Fabinho is on standby to continue at centre-back against Brighton in the Premier League this weekend.

With Liverpool now in the midst of a serious Premier League title challenge, it wasn't a surprise to see Klopp named a youthful side. That was why he wasn't [going to be] involved here and then he gets injured.