Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes the Reds have been showing flashes of their true quality over the last few weeks - but is refusing to look too far down the line.

Jurgen Klopp's men moved into fourth spot in the Premier League table by beating Aston Villa on Saturday, before Chelsea's win at Crystal Palace saw Thomas Tuchel's side leapfrog them.

The Reds will also try and come back from 3-1 in the Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid when the Spanish side come to Anfield on Wednesday night.

"We’ve shown our best over the last month, six weeks or so, but the consistency hasn’t been there," Milner told Liverpool's official website.

"It hasn’t been every game. That’s football, it’s not an easy game.

"I think it’s easy to get caught up in the last few years how good we’ve been and making it look easy – it’s not.

"Once you’re on that roll it’s easy but when things aren’t going for you the decisions go against you, you get injuries and you just have to stick it out.

"Some of the boys who have come in, [like] the two centre-halves – it’s not easy not playing and then going and playing every minute of every game, and the weight on their shoulders.

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"There has been some fantastic performances."

While seeing the postives of late, Milner, though, is not getting carried away with the position that Liverpool find themselves in as they seek to sneak back into the top four spots and qualify for next season's Champions League tournament.

"[The Villa win] obviously puts us in a good position – but, for me, I don’t really want to look at that league table at this moment in time," he explained.

"It’s more important for us to concentrate on ourselves and get ourselves to the level we have been at and get that consistency back.

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"I think if we concentrate on that and concentrate on ourselves game by game, then the rest will take care of itself and we can hopefully put a bit of pressure on other people.

"If we worry about ourselves, get that level of consistency we’ve had before and keep grinding out results like today then hopefully we can achieve what we can at the end of the season."

Milner also praised the contribution of match-winner Trent Alexander-Arnold, who popped up with a vital strike late on to secure the points.

"He has shown his quality again as always, a great attitude," he added.