McDermott: After Klopp decision this Liverpool ace has been an absolute revelation
By Danny Wright
Terry McDermott has said he was surprised and delighted that Jurgen Klopp has made James Milner a success in the left-back role for Liverpool.
The Anfield legend, who worked with Milner in the early days of his career at Newcastle, says that the 31-year-old has settled into his new role without any issues.
Despite spending most of his career as a winger or central midfielder, the Liverpool ace has played all but one game for his side in the full-back slot this season in one of Klopp’s latest masterstrokes.
Although playing in a far more reserved role, Milner has still managed to contribute with seven goals and four assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.
McDermott, who spent eight years at Anfield winning three European Cups, gave a glowing review of Milner’s versatility and impact that he has on his side.
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“The first time I heard that Milner was playing left-back, I must admit I wondered what on earth was going on,” said McDermott in the Mirror.
“I knew, from working with the lad at Newcastle, that he was versatile and a valuable squad player who could help the team in a variety of positions, perhaps including right-back at a pinch.
“But he has surprised a lot of people, and surpassed himself, with his performances at left-back. He has been an absolute revelation there.”
Milner has taken the captain’s armband in his last four league outings after the injury to Jordan Henderson.
The newly adapted left-back has also played for Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City in his glittering career which has seen him make a total of 444 Premier League appearances.
In other Liverpool news, Lee Dixon has said this Anfield ace will be distraught after England’s win over Lithuania.