'Everyone knows...' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson drools over Liverpool man hardly seen in months
Paul Robinson heaped praise on James Milner for his display on Saturday as Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League.
The former Leeds United and Spurs keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 34-year-old would have played against Bournemouth at the weekend even if he had not stood in as an emergency left-back.
Milner started as Andy Robertson was not risked ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League second-leg against Atletico Madrid.
The experienced midfielder received the man-of-the-match award for his performance as the league leaders came from a goal down to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield.
Callum Wilson put the visitors in front early on but goals from Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane secured all three points.
When asked for his assessment of the captain’s performance against the Cherries, Robinson told Football Insider: “You can see the versatility of him, everybody knows.
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“Having that experience and quality around the squad, it is like having another manager on the pitch. For him to slot in and play left-back for a team lacking confidence just shows his adaptability.
“He would have played somewhere in that eleven anyway because the team has had a little knock in the last few games, it is the first time they have been derailed and being a leader on the field he would have played regardless.”
It was the former England international’s first start since returning from a hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup win over Everton in early January.
The win sees Jurgen Klopp’s side move 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Manchester City were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United on Sunday.
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