What Graeme Souness has said about Milner after Liverpool 5-2 Roma is spot on

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Liverpool's smashing 5-2 victory over AS Roma on Tuesday night was a very special moment for the players, not least for James Milner.

The 32-year-old's assist for Roberto Firmino's header, which made it 5-0, was his ninth in the Champions League this season and broke the record for most assists in one campaign.

Neymar and Wayne Rooney previously held the record with eight and there's every chance Milner could reach double figures.

But he isn't focused on the individual accolades. Milner knows the tie is far from over after Roma clawed two goals back and wants his teammates to get the job done in the second leg.

"Disappointing I think," said Liverpool's vice-captain. "We were good for the middle section or the game and poor for the last 15 minutes and that's what we have to improve on.

"You can't let a good team like [Roma] have time on the ball. There's plenty of positives as well so we have to look at that side.

"There's not too many times where you win a Champions League semi-final 5-2 and come off disappointed, but we've managed to do that and hopefully that fuels us for the next leg."


Milner played a pivotal role in Liverpool's high-intensity pressing style at Anfield by working tirelessly to put Roma's players under pressure and win the ball back.

His experience and energy will be just as important in the return leg next week - and perhaps even for England at this summer's World Cup.

Milner retired from international football in 2016 but many fans believe he should return to the England set-up after the season he's had.

Liverpool v A.S. Roma - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One

Graeme Souness certainly thinks so, too, and what he said on talkSPORT about the Liverpool man being better than ever before was pretty much spot on.

Asked if he would take Milner to Russia, Souness said: "Yeah, in a heartbeat. I worked with James when I was manager at Newcastle [United].

"He got the hump with me that I said in the local newspaper that you won't win the league with James Milners. I wasn't referring to his ability, I was referring to him being 19 at the time.

"You watch him and he's got better and better and right now his energy levels are higher than when he was 21. He looks after himself, he trains properly and he's a really solid human being.

"He's developed into a bit of a rascal. He leaves his foot in and says, 'Oh sorry, didn't mean that,' but he does. Every team needs a bit of that, which I personally like.

"On top of all his attributes on the playing field, off the field he's a real solid guy."

Can't argue with that. Milner's playing arguably his best football at the moment and there's no question he could still do a job for England.

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