By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Gary Lineker revealed he is “unconvinced” by the merits of James Milner following his sending-off against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Liverpool midfielder got his marching orders midway through the second half after getting a second yellow card for a needless challenge on Wilfried Zaha.

The Merseysiders were 1-0 down when Milner got sent off but came from behind to win 2-1 with 10 men, courtesy of a Roberto Firmino striker and Christian Benteke’s cool penalty four minutes into added time.

Milner has been a regular starter for Liverpool this season, playing in a variety of midfield roles, as well as dropping back occasionally to fill in at full-back.

But former England international Lineker is not quite as certain of the merits of the 30-year-old.

Following Milner’s sending-off, he tweeted: “His managers seem to love James Milner. Clearly he can play anywhere across midfield, but remain unconvinced personally.”

Milner started his 23rd league match of the season on Sunday, and his 32nd in all competitions.

By contrast with his experience at Manchester City, he is an established player an Anfield and has made just two substitute appearances for the Premier League giants.