Jurgen Klopp reveals what 'leader' James Milner did in the dressing room at half-time

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On Saturday evening, Liverpool extended their Premier League unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw away at Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp's side took the lead through James Milner before Alexandre Lacazette equalised late on with a sublime finish.

It was Milner's third goal of the season - but it was not enough to take all three points.

Milner has featured in every Premier League game this season, despite the summer arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who joined the Reds from Manchester City on a free transfer in 2015, has been a standout performer in the early stages of the 2018/19 campaign.

And it appears he's also playing an important role in the dressing room, especially during Saturday's game against Arsenal.

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The score was 0-0 at the half-time whistle.

According to Klopp, an "animated" Milner was not happy when the Liverpool players entered the dressing room.

“The thing was that we were not compact enough in the first half and we were too high on the wings and that’s it, we could play,” Klopp explained, as per the Independent.

“They had two or three options to pass and that makes life pretty complicated and it makes life pretty uncomfortable for the three in midfield. That’s it. We did that already outstandingly well and that’s why it was obvious we didn’t do it so well in the first half.

“Yes and Milly [Milner] was the one who saw it first and was quite, how can we say, was not happy… Was animated. That’s good. 

"Usually the only one talking is me, but sometimes before I start talking the boys have a few words.

"We changed it at half time and he was the right person to score the goal. Millie is a proper leader."


Milner turns 33 in January and Klopp believes the veteran midfielder is getting better with age.

"Millie is like wine, I like this idea as well. A very good red one. I’m not sure if Leeds is famous for wine? He’s getting better. I think Millie should buy all of the newspapers and read this.

"I would like it if you write a story about James Milner, I will like it. Obviously someone might write that he will have to play for England again. That’s a really nice idea."

Milner's contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season - but his impressive form surely warrants an extension.

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