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Liverpool veteran Milner: Why fans were reason I turned back on Tsimikas’ winning FA Cup penalty

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Liverpool veteran James Milner has explained why he turned his back for Kostas Tsimikas‘s FA Cup final winning penalty against Chelsea.

Milner demonstrably chose not to watch the Greek’s decisive penalty in the shootout at Wembley.

He explained to the Daily Mail: “I wanted to watch the Liverpool fans. You don’t know when it’ll be your last trip to Wembley, do you? I fancied Kostas — he’s got a great left foot — and I wanted to see the fans’ reaction.

“It was class. It was like when we won the Premier League in 2020. All the lads were watching the Chelsea game (against Manchester City which confirmed Liverpool as champions) and I went to the back of the room to watch the lads’ reaction.”

However, on missing out on the Premier League title on Sunday, Milner said: “It was confusing. The cheers. The grumbles. We knew the odds were that City would win, but it felt worse looking at how the scoring went. Villa being 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go… that was worse than finding out they’d won 4-0. But that’s football. The Champions League final is not a bad game to bounce back with, is it?”

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