Liverpool midfielder James Milner feels that the Reds this season have found ways to win games while not at their best.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have not been the same free-flowing attacking side that they were last season, but have been a lot more sturdy at the back and have the best defence in the Premier League this season.

The Reds have also used more than one formation this season, which has helped them against teams who play with a more defensive approach.

Milner has pointed out that it is not possible to play free-flowing football for 90 minutes and the squad is different to previous years in the way they have managed to win games.

“I think we’ve done that well this year, finding different ways to win games”, Milner told Liverpool’s official website.

“You can’t always play free-flowing, attacking football and be on the front foot for 90 minutes in every game.

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“It’d be nice if you could be but you can’t.

“You have to adapt and find a way to win and find the right way to play in each game, and that dictates how we play on the day but also how the opposition sets up and how the manager wants us to play.

“I think that’s a good quality within the group.

“We have that, we have different ways of playing, we can play different formations, and we have a very strong squad with a lot of good players and also players who can play in different formations and styles of play.”

Liverpool are four points clear at the top of the Premier League table and will hope to finish the first half of the season unbeaten when they host Newcastle United at Anfield this afternoon.