James Milner has been a revelation since joining Liverpool on a free transfer last summer.
The versatile midfielder, who signed from Manchester City, has added much-needed consistency and energy on Merseyside, also providing an impressive five goals and 11 assists in the Premier League.
Praise has come in thick and fast for Milner as a result, with the 30-year-old’s leadership and inspiring performances also seeing him handed the captain's armband in Jordan Henderson’s absence.
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His motivation to quit the Etihad was undoubtedly down to a lack of game time, and he’s now shed light on why he picked Liverpool.
Ahead of the club’s Europa League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night, Milner has revealed how he was often snubbed by City when it came to finals.
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“A couple of times I had played every round so I thought I might play in the final,” Milner said, per Goal. “But the manager picks the team he thinks is right and that’s that.
“The time we pipped Liverpool to the title at City, I started five of six games and then missed out on the final one when we actually won it.
“The one that stung me the most was when we had won the trophy and the manager came up to me and said ‘I should have played you’, but he never did.
“I thought that was a bit pointless - I don’t know what you’re supposed to do with that. That one probably hurt me the most, but I’m not to say who it was.”
The England international continued to insist he joined Liverpool to win silverware.
He added: “When I moved it was because I thought I had a chance of winning trophies, even though people thought I’d have more chance of that at City.
“A big reason I came was to play more football and not have any regrets at the end of my career, and get the most out of it.
“I’m 30 and although it’s not old, it’s probably the latter phrase of my career.
“I want to play as much as I can, look back and think that I left nothing out there, no wasted games - you want to be remembered for what you’ve won and what sort of player you are.”
Milner has already tasted defeat in a final this season against former employers City in the Capital One Cup final, but will hope for better when Liverpool take on Sevilla in Basel.
The Reds are vying for their first piece of silverware since 2012 and could also secure Champions League football for next season should they emerge victorious.
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