James Milner Will Be Massive Asset At Liverpool This Season

Liverpool’s James Milner seemed to put in more effort and energy in his ten minutes on the field against Arsenal, than the Gunners team did for the full ninety at Anfield.

His desire, endless running and commitment actually showed what Arsenal are fundamentally missing within their squad.

The former England international might not start every game this season under Jurgen Klopp but be in no doubt the German would fight almost as hard to keep Milner at the club as he has done with Philippe Coutinho this summer.

The club’s vice captain is well known for his versatility and that could be key for the Reds this term as they compete in the Champions League and hope to challenge for the Premier League title. He can play on either wing, as a holding midfielder, a central midfielder or as a left back (his main position last season).

That is a very healthy option to have on the bench, where Milner has started most of this campaign thus far. It means he can plug any gaps in the side and use his experience to help see games out. He adds an authority and will lead by example.

With games coming thick and fast in the coming months, I don’t doubt James will see more game time and get more starts. I’d also expect him to play in a variety of positions and in all competitions.

That said, Klopp has mentioned that Milner will be used more as midfielder this term, which is his best position:

“That means that Millie is free to play in midfield. Without going into the transfer market we have a new midfield player, which is nice.”

The fact the thirty-one year old has now retired from international football means he’ll be fresh during the international breaks and he’ll also be on hand to lend valuable experience to the youngsters at the club too.

After the game Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville lambasted the Gunners team but he was also quick to praise veteran Milner:

“Just one thing, Martin, there’s a player out there on the pitch that’s sprinting like crazy on his own called James Milner,”  

“He’s sprinting up and down – he’s probably 31 or 32 years of age now – that to me is what I expect from a professional football player.”

It’s that same professionalism that Klopp will also adore when he thinks of the Yorkshireman. His work-ethic and his eye for fitness and his prolonged stamina are other traits that will enthuse his manager!

Now that Lucas Leiva has departed Anfield, Milner is the experienced campaigner who will be a foot soldier that the German coach will look to as an on-field leader. Milner is the one who has won Premier League titles and he’ll have a hunger to add to his trophy haul at Liverpool. Players at the club, especially new boys like Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson, should admire his talent and look up to him.

Having that quality and spirit in your squad is almost invaluable to the Reds, especially during this campaign. As James Milner gets older he may not play ninety minutes every week but he’ll make an appearance during most of these games and his role for the team while he’s on the park will be constantly be huge.

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