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James Milner believes the current Liverpool side are a way tougher proposition to last season's version.
The former England midfielder, who has made the left-back position his own at Anfield this campaign, was speaking after a 5-1 win over 10-man Hull City - in which Milner scored two penalties - moved the Merseysiders up to fourth position.
With impressive victories at Chelsea and Arsenal already under their belt, Milner is bullish about his side's prospects this season.
"I'm seeing a different team this year, completely different to last year," he said.
"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.
"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.
"That is really pleasing. You need that competition for places to drive each other on and hopefully we can keep improving as a team."
Jurgen Klopp meanwhile has praised Milner for how he has adjusted to the new position.
"It is good, what I thought would happen when he plays the role," he said.
"We didn't want to make him a left full-back and think 'Probably he will struggle'.
"That was a really good performance. He was not a left full-back in the last season."
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