Arsenal have only themselves to blame for missing out on Champions League

Cape Town - Liverpool need to experience the feeling of winning trophies again to take the next step and compete with Europe's best, defender James Milner has said.

The Frenchman, who has been in charge for 21 years, has not revealed whether he will sign a new contract with the club.

"You have been at the games and you can not say that the environment for the players was especially positive".

Arsenal's failure to reach the UEFA Champion's League is set to have a major impact on the club's finances.

Following the match Wenger did not want to focus on his personal situation, but said the tension coming from fans who want him out was not helping the players. Sadly for Arsene Wenger and his men, the Reds got the job done at Anfield meaning the league season ends on a definite sour note for the club.

However, the England worldwide did recover from a hip injury to appear in six of Liverpool's last seven matches of the Premier League season and help them secure a top-four spot.

"I would not say we're already in because qualification is qualification but we're already looking forward to it".

The Gunners failed in their late bid to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday, with Manchester City and Liverpool occupying the final two spots behind Chelsea and Tottenham on the final day. "If you keep them together they will be a force next year". "The players came back stronger in the past two months and I'm very proud of them for doing that".

"You could not question my love or my loyalty to this club, because I said no to every club in the world to stay here with very restricted finances for years".

"Feeling in a good way is one thing, but showing it is another". "Then we bounced back, I finished the season at a high level".

He insisted he was not using this as an excuse for Arsenal's failings but it was clear he felt the over-arching atmosphere had not helped his players as they tried to fight their way into the Premier League's top four. It's a young squad if you look at it, which is another positive - although maybe not for me because it makes me feel a lot older.

  • Julie Sanders