James Milner is a tireless workhorse of a player who never complains and never disappoints. Shamefully under appreciated at former club Manchester City perhaps due to his lack of flair, however, the Leeds-born player has shone in his first season for Liverpool especially since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
The 30-year-old has seven goals and twelve assists in all competitions this season - the second-highest assist tally for an Englishman in the Premier League, behind Dele Alli.
His record this season is impressive considering the player has occupied almost every position from left back to right wing which only seeks to reinforce his versatility. He was instrumental in Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final victory over Klopp’s old side Borussia Dortmund in which Milner vitally created two of the goals in the comeback, most importantly the winner for Dejan Lovren which was a delightfully lofted ball.
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Jurgen Klopp and James Milner have certainly forged a mutually beneficial relationship with the midfielder’s undying willingness to follow his gaffer’s battle plan.
The Liverpool manager has certainly had a positive effect on Milner’s game as eight of his nine assists in the Premier League have come since the German took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October.
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Milner has already matched his Premier League goal (5) and clean sheet (7) count from last season but has also added one more assist to his name in the current campaign.
Milner has 58 appearances for England at senior level and captained the side against Holland in their most recent friendly. There is no doubt he is a man Roy Hodgson relies on due to his tireless running and adaptability to any situation. He will certainly be on the short plane trip to France come June and could even start after an injury to Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.
Milner has always been an ever-present character in the England set up, holding the record for making the most appearances at U-21 level -playing 46 times.
It remains surprising that fans nationwide do not consider James Milner one of the famous faces of the current old guard in England's ranks. This is a testament to the attitude and playing style of Milner who rarely ruffles any feathers.
One thing is for sure however, the stats don’t lie and if Milner finishes the season at his current rate, even his humble attitude won’t prevent the pundits lauding his qualities as the Euros approach.
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