James Milner added his voice to those opposing the proposed European Super League.

Veteran Liverpool midfielder Milner was speaking after a 1-1 draw against his boyhood club Leeds United at Elland Road – a game that was overshadowed by the vitriolic fallout over the breakaway plans that were controversially announced on Sunday.

Liverpool are one of 12 clubs, including all of the Premier League's 'big six' to have signed up for the plans for a new elite European competition that would effectively be a closed shop with permanent membership for 15 teams and with limited opportunities for others to qualify.

Stakeholders across the game, including UEFA and FIFA have strongly criticised the move and Milner followed the pre-match lead of his manager Jurgen Klopp by placing himself at odds with Liverpool's Boston-based owners, the Fenway Sports Group.

"I can only say my personal opinion. I don't like it and hopefully it doesn't happen," the former Manchester City player told Sky Sports.

"It's been difficult for us trying to prepare for a game. I can only imagine what's been said about it and probably agree with most of it."

Leeds fans protested against the Super League outside the stadium, while their players warmed up in t-shirts instructing Liverpool to "earn" Champions League qualification.

Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead but Diego Llorente's late header prevented the visitors from securing a win that would have put them above fourth-placed West Ham on goal difference.

"The players have no say. The welcome to the ground felt a bit unjust," Milner added.

"We're here to play football and have no control over it."

James Milner felt Liverpool created enough opportunities to overturn a first-leg deficit and knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League, only for their finishing to let them down at Anfield.

The Reds went down 3-1 in the initial meeting in the quarter-final tie, though Mohamed Salah's away goal in the Spanish capital provided hope of a comeback.

However, the Egyptian missed a glorious early opportunity to set the tone for Jurgen Klopp's side on Wednesday, with Liverpool only managing to get four of their 15 attempts on target against a Madrid defence once again without Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal.

Zinedine Zidane had to use midfielder Federico Valverde as a makeshift right-back, yet the reigning LaLiga champions held on for a 0-0 draw that sets up a last-four tie against Chelsea.

"I thought the performance was good, the intensity and desire was good," Milner told BT Sport.

"We won the ball back well, pressed really well. But you can't not take the chances we had tonight. We had more than enough chances to do what we needed to do and we didn't take them, unfortunately.

"The positives are that we are creating them, especially against a team like this after the first leg, and we have done enough to go through. I believe that with the chances we had.

"We were obviously the better team. Alisson has made a good save as well [from Vinicius Junior], which you expect. But we did enough to win the game.

"You only need that first one – that first one changes the game. But, if you don't take your chances, then you're not going to go through.

"It's a disappointing way to end, because if we had played that first leg with the same intensity it could have been a different story.

"You can say we've left ourselves with too much to do because we haven't done it, but we have done enough if we take our chances. Ultimately, we weren't good enough over the two games."

For just the second time in Klopp's reign, Liverpool failed to win either leg of a Champions League knockout tie. The other occasion came in the 2019-20 season when Atletico Madrid knocked out the Premier League side in the last 16.

Milner - who became the oldest player to start in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League knockout game for Liverpool since Ian Callaghan in March 1978 - hopes the squad can build on the performance, even if the result was not what they wanted.

Liverpool must now fight to qualify for next year's competition through the domestic route, meaning they must secure a top-four finish in the league. The Reds currently sit sixth.

"If we perform at that intensity, that desire and tempo that we showed tonight over the last league games, then hopefully we can get into those top four spots," the midfielder said.

"That's the most important thing – that we replicate this form and these sorts of performances. That's the one thing we’ve been missing, that consistency.

"We need to get that back and push these last few games, put this disappointment to one side."

Leicester City scored three goals in the space of seven minutes to stun Liverpool as the Premier League champions slipped to a 3-1 defeat in Jurgen Klopp's 300th match in charge. 

Mohamed Salah's carefully placed finish gave the visitors a 67th-minute lead at the King Power Stadium, yet from a position of strength they suffered a dramatic collapse to slip to a third successive loss. 

James Maddison equalised with a free-kick from a tight angle – the strike was initially ruled out for offside prior to a VAR check – before a calamitous moment between Alisson, at fault for two goals in last Sunday's 4-1 loss to Manchester City, and debutant Ozan Kabak gifted Jamie Vardy his first goal of 2021. 

With Liverpool still reeling, Harvey Barnes wrapped up a first win for Brendan Rodgers over his former employers since the end of his Anfield reign – and moved his current club six points clear of them in the table. 

Jurgen Klopp is not feeling the pressure despite Liverpool's worrying form, believing the shock home defeat to Burnley can act as a catalyst to "change things properly". 

The reigning champions were downed by a late Ashley Barnes penalty as their 68-game unbeaten run at home in the Premier League come to a stunning end on Thursday. 

Klopp watched on as his team endured a fourth successive league outing without scoring, leaving them six points off the pace in the title race. 

Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie with league leaders Manchester United, Klopp explained how Liverpool have not used the right tools of late, something the Reds will work hard to correct as they look to get back to somewhere near their best.

"I don't feel the pressure from outside, I deal with the pressure I put on myself my entire life. I'm used to that already," Klopp told the media while previewing the trip to Old Trafford. 

"When you have had the success we've had, there are two directions then. One is you keep going exactly on the same level, which is difficult with the challenges you have around. The other one is it gets a little bit less. 

"At the moment, it feels like a lot less. That's what we have to change, we are not like this where we think that just because we try, we should get everything. We are really ready for the fight; we are ready for the battle, 100 per cent. 

"But, in the moment, we don't use the right tools. That is true as well. That is what we absolutely have to adjust and improve, and that's what we are doing. 

"The only problem is the tests we face are constantly in the public and on television, so everybody watches each little step in whatever direction. That is obviously nice when you have a good run, and when not in a good a run it's not exactly the same, you don't get the same joy with it." 

Liverpool are on a five-game winless streak in the Premier League and while the loss to struggling Burnley was disappointing, Klopp hopes it can be turned into a positive, offering something of a reset point during what is an arduous season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The Reds had 27 attempts at goal on Thursday, six of which were on target, while they have now had 87 efforts since previously finding the net in the league, a run that started after Sadio Mane's early opener in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 27.

Klopp's side are the first English top-flight team since West Ham in 1967 to have failed to find the net in four successive league matches, yet still be the division's top scorers.

"In these moments, I'm not in doubt about us as a group at all," Klopp – who also confirmed Mohamed Salah is set to start against United – said. 

"But these moments are where you need the group to come close together and do the right things. That's what we do. 

"We lost that game [to Burnley] and it was a really low point. It was not like I thought, 'Oh, who cares?' – it was a game we lost.  

"When I think back, I cannot find a reason why we lost that game, but we lost it. With all the things that happened – the penalty, the chance we had, all these kind of things – but it happened. 

"Sometimes, you need a really low point to change things properly. That, for sure, is what we will try now, 100 per cent. 

"If we would have won in a bad game, somehow 1-0, the world would have said it's not the football that we usually play but it's a result. But, in the long term, it wouldn't be a real help. That game can be a real help, if we use it."

Liverpool have only reached the FA Cup fifth round once in Klopp's five previous seasons at the club, doing so last term before they were knocked out by top-flight rivals Chelsea.

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