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Milner understands fans and says he was disappointed with draw against Palace

By Charles Cornwall

Milner understands fans and says he was disappointed with draw against Palace

The vice-captain was pleased with the fighting spirit shown by 10-man Liverpool.

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Liverpool vice-captain James Milner, who played the first 63 minutes, understood the frustration of the fans and was disappointed with the draw against Crystal Palace, although he saw plenty to cheer about during the game, he could not help but feel bad about not being able to take all the points at stake.

German manager Jurgen Klopp's side overcame Wilfried Zaha's early goal and Darwin Nunez's dismissal to take a point from Anfield, thanks to a brilliant second-half equaliser from Luis Diaz. "It's disappointing obviously, we always want to win our games, especially at home. I think we started quite well and lost our way a little bit in the middle. We had chances that we didn't take," he said.

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Nunez's dismissal

The midfielder claimed that during the match he did not see the incident that led to Darwin Nunez's dismissal, but obviously knows that the Uruguayan will be disappointed. He is also sure that Nunez will learn from his mistake. "I think the reaction was the most important thing. The team reacted very, very well and the field reacted very well, as always, they got behind us and we could have won. It wasn't to be, but we moved on," he added.

"It was disappointing not to get the winning goal, but I think the reaction of the boys was unbelievable - 10 men and they kept pushing. It's not the ideal start, but you see the preparation for the season and obviously it's a very, very long season. It's not the start we would want, but you see the fight that's there. We've had a week of difficult things and the preparation hasn't been ideal. I think it's disappointing, but you can see the fighting spirit was there and nobody can deny that. We fought until the end," explained Milner.

On Luis Diaz's goal, Milner commented that they created the chances, but couldn't put them all away, until that moment of brilliance from the Colombian. "When you have players like him on the pitch, who can create something out of nothing, it was an incredible goal, and I hope there will be many more this season from him," he added. 

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