By Dominic Toner
James Milner has revealed that he does not love playing in defence for Liverpool despite making a big success of his new role.
The Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has transformed the 30-year-old into a left-back this season and he is currently keeping Alberto Moreno out of the league leaders’ side.
Milner has predominantly played as a central midfielder throughout his career and has adjusted quickly to his new position.
But the Englishman has made the shock revelation that he has not fallen in love with playing left-back despite the considerable team and individual success this season.
“I was training left back in pre-season and learning the position. You want to make that position your own and do the best you can,” Milner told the Times. “That was my mindset. If that is the road we are going down, then fully commit to it.
“I am not going to turn around and lie and say, ‘I love playing there.’ But if that is me being part of a successful team and contributing then I will do anything I can for Liverpool.”
Liverpool currently have Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can fighting for a midfield slot.
Milner has been a regular in the side since his defensive switch and has still managed to scorer four goals in his 10 appearances, with all of them coming from the penalty spot.
The versatile player announced his retirement from international football in August following England’s disappointing campaign at the European Championships.
He is set to continue playing a major role in the club’s pursuit of the Premier League title and Klopp appears to trust him at full-back.
Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in the 10 games Milner has played and he will be fighting to improve that defensive statistic.
In other Liverpool news, the club must offer this star man a new contract in January.