Signings driving Liverpool improvement, says Milner

Milner has reinvented himself as a solid left-back under Jurgen Klopp this season. Credit: PA

James Milner has credited manager Jurgen Klopp's summer signings with inspiring Liverpool's blistering start to the new Premier League season.

Liverpool have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City in their first six league matches and surged to a 5-1 win against Hull City at Anfield on Saturday, with Milner scoring twice from the penalty spot.

Klopp oversaw major spending in the summer as Liverpool acquired Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Joel Matip, and Milner believes the increased competition for places has played a key role in the club's revival.

"If you don't perform the shirt will be taken off you and someone will else get the chance and you don't know how long they will have that shirt," the 30-year-old told LFC TV.

"That is really pleasing. You need that competition for places to drive each other on and hopefully we can keep improving as a team."

Doubts were raised over Liverpool's ability to break down lesser teams when they slumped to a 2-0 defeat away to Burnley last month, but Milner insists Saturday's rout of Hull City is evidence of the team's progress.

"We knew that is where we could improve against teams that sit back a bit more but I'm seeing a different team this year, completely different to last year," he added.

"The performance in every game you know it is us that were playing - even Burnley wasn't too bad a performance, it was the final third that let us down.

"I think maybe last year some games we would play like we wanted to play and other games we wouldn't.

"Consistency has been really good and you look down the squad list and the quality is unbelievable."