Solid as a rock: Gary Neville delivers verdict on Liverpool senior star after display v Man City
By Will Butcher
Gary Neville believes James Milner produced a display that was as “solid as a rock” for Liverpool during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.
Milner, 31, continued his 100 per cent record from the penalty spot this season, scoring his seventh spot-kick during the second half against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Neville was full of praise for the England international, as he kept calm despite returning to boos in just his second outing at the Etihad since his move to Liverpool in the summer of 2015.
Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville lauded Milner’s temperament as he sent City goalkeeper Willy Caballero the wrong way to give Liverpool the lead.
”The word I’d use about Milner’s penalty is solid,” Neville said. “He’d been booed all afternoon; but he’s calm, he’s got good temperament, he’s been around a long time and he was solid as a rock.”
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“[Willy] Caballero has saved penalties, you’d think he could get to one in the corner but he went the wrong way and it was a very good penalty.”
Starring in his unfamiliar position of left-back once again, Milner impressed as the Reds secured an important point away at City.
Milner’s penalty was cancelled out by Argentina international Sergio Aguero less than 20 minutes later, as Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent low cross was converted from close range.
The draw sees Jurgen Klopp’s side remain in fourth place after missing the chance to go third with a win, but sit just a point behind Sunday’s opponents in the Premier League table.
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