James Milner closing in on Premier League record

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Liverpool’s James Milner is closing in on a Premier League goalscoring record.

No, it’s not the most amount of goals scored - he's still 220 goals off Alan Shearer’s record.

But Milner's record is just as impressive as Shearer's as the midfielder is yet to lose a league match in which he has scored in.

That’s 40 matches in the Premier League in which he’s scored in that his side have avoided defeat.

The record is currently held by Darius Vassell, who managed an incredible 46-game run without defeat after scoring - yes, Vassell actually managed to score 52 times in the Premier League!

Youngest ever scorer

Milner just loves breaking Premier League goalscoring records.

His first goal in the Premier league - the goal that kick-started this ridiculous run - made him the league’s youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 356 days when he scored for Leeds against Sunderland on Boxing Day 2002 - that record has since been beaten by James Vaughan when he scored for Everton against Crystal Palace at the age of 16 years and 270 days.

Milner's latest goal came as a 30-year-old for Liverpool against Aston Villa during their 6-0 thrashing against the relegation-threatened club.

In between those two goals for Leeds and Liverpool, Milner has scored for Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City in the top-flight, all without losing.

The Anfield club will be hoping he can continue this record as they look to salvage something from their disappointing league campaign. The Reds sit in eighth and will almost certainly be without Champions League football next season as they are nine points behind Manchester City in fourth.

Liverpool's record when Milner scores

Whilst Milner may not have been defeated whilst scoring in the Premier League, every league goal he’s scored for Liverpool has meant three points for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

He scored in the 3-2 win over Villa earlier in this season whilst scoring the only goal from the spot in the 1-0 win at home to Swansea in November.

He scored once in the 5-4 thriller away to Norwich whilst scoring in Sunday’s comfortable 6-0 victory.

Not as good as Rush

It seems that Liverpool players enjoy these ‘scoring without losing’ records. Club legend Ian Rush has the all-time record holder - before the introduction of the Premier League - by going 145 games without losing after he scored during the 1980s.

Unfortunately for him, and Liverpool, the magnificent run ended during the 1987 League Cup final.

Rush had put Liverpool one nil ahead after just 23 minutes and you couldn’t blame Arsenal fans if they thought that was game over.

But the Gunners ended Rush’s run by winning the match 2-1.

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