By Emma Sanders
James Milner could make a memorable return against his boyhood club when Liverpool face Leeds in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup at Anfield on Tuesday evening.
The Reds vice-captain became the youngest goalscorer in the Premier League when he scored against Sunderland during a 2-1 victory for Leeds in 2002 at the age of just 16.
Since then, he has gone on to achieve a phenomenal career with some of England’s biggest clubs and the elder statesman, now 30, remains a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
Milner has reverted to left-back this season, despite learning his trade as a right-sided midfielder and 14 years after scoring his first Leeds goal, he is still a regular first teamer in the top flight.
The Yorkshire man broke into Leeds’ first team under Terry Venables and went on to make 54 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring five goals.
He was one of the brightest young talents the club has produced since the turn of the millennium but they couldn’t hold off interest from other clubs for long and he was reluctantly sold to Newcastle for £3.6 million in 2004.
His two-year spell in the first team at Elland Road was the making of the future England international and since then he has made over 600 appearances in the Premier League.
Milner won two league titles with Manchester City, taking his tally of major trophies up to four and he will be hoping to add his first with Liverpool by overcoming Leeds to reach the semi-final of the EFL Cup.