Red hot: James Milner opened the scoring after 55 seconds against Aston Villa

By Alex Stevens

Jamie Redknapp has compared James Milner’s excellence in different positions to Liverpool legend Steve Nicol.

Milner has been installed as the Merseysiders’ first choice left-back this season after Jurgen Klopp lost faith in Alberto Moreno.

The former England international has started five of Liverpool’s six Premier League matches at left-back following Moreno’s horror show in the opening day 4-3 win over Arsenal.

Milner was outstanding on Saturday as Klopp’s side demolished Hull 5-1 at Anfield to serve further notice of their greater consistency this season.

The 30-year-old scored two goals from the penalty spot and was a constant attacking threat on the left flank as Liverpool swarmed all over the visitors.

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Pundit and ex-Liverpool midfielder Redknapp compared Milner to Nicol, who was an integral figure in the club’s domination of English and European football in the 1980s.

“James Milner is a manager’s dream,” Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail. “He’s been a flying winger, a solid central midfielder and is now impressing at left back.

“It’s very difficult to switch flanks but Milner looked so confident attacking down the left against Hull on Saturday.

“There aren’t many players these days who are so adaptable and he reminds me of Steve Nicol. I only played with Steve for a couple of years at Anfield but he was such an unsung hero in our squad, playing at centre back, right back or in midfield.

“Milner may not be a long-term solution to Liverpool’s left back problem but Jurgen Klopp is fortunate to have such a versatile player.”

Liverpool’s third consecutive league win has lifted them to fourth in the Premier League and level on points with third-placed Arsenal, who have a marginally superior goal difference.

Arsene Wenger’s side annihilated Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday with a performance the manager subsequently hailed as the team’s best for a number of years.

In other Liverpool news, a BBC pundit has hailed this Merseyside star as his favourite Premier League player.