James Milner has only been at Liverpool for a couple of months, but it appears the England international is making a really big impact at Anfield.
Having been assured he would be deployed in centre midfield following his move from Manchester City, the 29-year-old was confirmed as the club's vice-captain before the opening weekend fixture against Stoke City.
Milner partnered Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in the middle at the Britannia and produced a solid performance as the Merseyside club put to bed some of the nightmares of last season.
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Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com Milner spoke of his pride at being handed the responsibility of guiding a relatively young side. He said: “It’s an amazing honour. Liverpool is an amazing club to be at.
“I don’t think it will change my role in any way; you need a lot of captains, vice-captains and leaders and people who are going to talk and help each other out.
“But it’s a great honour and hopefully I can help the younger guys along, because there is so much young talent here as well.”
Milner did not pull up any trees in his debut, but offered his usual hard working display in midfield. Of course he will never be able to replace Steven Gerrard, but if he continues to give his all for his new club he will go some way to endearing himself to the Anfield faithful.
As a free transfer the former Manchester City man could turn out to be one of the bargains of the season. His wealth of experience at the highest level of club football and on the international stage could be invaluable for Brendan Rodgers as he tries to nurture a side full of exciting young talent to success.