John Aldridge: Treatment of this Liverpool 31-year-old was moronic
By Will Butcher
John Aldridge believes the booing of Liverpool hero James Milner by Manchester City fans was “moronic”.
Milner, 31, starred in Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Liverpool and City, scoring the Reds’ only goal of the game with his seventh successful penalty from seven attempts this season.
Reds icon Aldridge claimed on Liverpool Echo’s website that the Liverpool fanbase would not have subjected any former players to such treatment that Milner was subjected to.
“What was the booing of James Milner all about on Sunday?” Aldridge asked. “I thought the jeering of him from so-called Manchester City fans was idiotic and moronic.
“You wouldn’t get Liverpool fans abusing a former player in that way unless he’d left the club under a bit of a cloud, such as Raheem Sterling.”
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Milner, now vice-captain at Anfield, was brought to Liverpool on a free transfer by Brendan Rodgers from Pep Guardiola’s City back in the summer of 2015.
This season, the retired England international has been used as a left-back away from his natural position of central midfield, as Alberto Moreno struggles to impress.
The former Leeds and Aston Villa ace struck from the penalty spot in the early second half in front of his former fanbase, sending goalkeeper Claudio Bravo the wrong way.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to hold onto all three points, as Sergio Aguero converted a superb low cross from Kevin De Bruyne to equalise less than 20 minutes after Milner’s penalty.
Since his move to Anfield, Milner has made 76 league and cup appearances for the Reds and is expected to start against Merseyside rivals Everton on April 1.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have handed an opportunity to an 18-year-old.