James Milner happy to adopt new position for Liverpool

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James Milner has confirmed he has spoken to Jurgen Klopp about the possibility of playing in the full-back positions for Liverpool next season.

The German manager was hoping to bring Leicester Cty star Ben Chilwell to the club but saw his pursuit come to an end when the 19-year-old signed a new deal with the Foxes.

With Jon Flanagan set to move to Burnley on a season-long loan and Alberto Moreno far from convincing at times, Klopp's options appear limited.

Milner, famed for his versatility, has been his first port of call. Liverpool's vice-captain has played in a variety of positions since joining the club last summer but almost never in defence. Indeed, with eight goals and 14 assists for the Reds last season, he is much more an attacker than a defender.

But always willing to fight for the team, Milner has confirmed he will step up and play at either left or right-back for his club next season, although he did admit it wouldn't be his first choice.

Take one for the team

"He's obviously looked at his squad and what players he has," the England international said, according to Goal.

"He's asked if I was willing to cover the full-back positions, basically, if there was a point in the season where there were injuries or like at Man United last season in the Europa League when I played left-back.

"We had a conversation about it and I told him it's not my favourite position and not one I particularly like playing, but he's the manager and if he wants me to play there, I'll play there. The team comes first, always has, always will."


Moreno was regularly treated to some online abuse from Liverpool fans last season, none more so than after the Europa League final when he notably struggled to perform against his former team Sevilla.

Joe Gomez will also come back to full fitness this season but will have to prove himself after spending the vast majority of the last campaign out with a knee injury.

On the right, Nathaniel Clyne was impressive during his debut season at Anfield and will once again be first-choice for Klopp. But after that the options are thin on the ground and that is where Milner will likely have to step in.

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