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James Milner has covered more ground than any other player in England

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Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Liverpool will bring fresh ideas on selection and tactics to the Anfield dressing room.

The German boss has already spoken about the importance of everybody doing their job right and if his famed 'gegenpressing' style is to work on Merseyside then every single player must be prepared to put in the hard yards.

One player who Klopp may be looking towards for inspiration is midfielder and vice-captain James Milner.

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Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows the former Manchester City man will be a focal point of Klopp's high-intensity, pressing game.

Milner, who was signed on a free after his contract with the Etihad club expired, has covered more ground than any other player in the Premier League this season and his distance covered in comparison to his Liverpool teammates is quite incredible.

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The England international has covered 99.906km in eight matches, a stat that is sure to make him the first name on Klopp's teamsheet when he selects his midfield.

Bournemouth pair Andrew Surman and Matt Ritchie are in second and third, respectively, but are some way off Milner with 96.2km and 95.4km to their names.

Astonishingly, the former Aston Villa man has covered more ground in each of his matches than anyone else in the Liverpool squad has in any game.

WORKER

Despite not being blessed with the greatest skill or technical ability, Milner's work rate and never say die attitude have fashioned a career in football that involves two Premier League medals and 56 appearances for England.

When asked about possible new additions, Klopp said he only wanted players who were willing to give their all to Liverpool.

Well, he already has one player in that mould within his ranks and it would come as a huge surprise if the 'Yorkshire Figo' was not in the centre of midfield when Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Will James Milner be an important part of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side? Have your say in the comments section below!

Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League

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