Liverpool senior star unhappy at role Klopp pushed him into
By Laura O’Leary
James Milner has revealed he did not like being played as a left-back for Liverpool last season, and is glad to return to midfield.
In the pre-match conference for the Champions League game against Maribor, as transcribed by This Is Anfield, Milner revealed his displeasure at his position change.
He said: “I said at the time, I don’t enjoy playing there – I didn’t like it. But the team always comes first and you do what is asked of you, that is always the case.
“I’ve definitely felt myself enjoying my football again in the midfield this year. Now I just want to get out there and contribute as much as I can to the side.”
The experienced midfielder became Jurgen Klopp’s first choice left-back last season, making 40 appearances across all competitions.
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The 31-year-old still managed to help his side by contributing seven goals and three assists despite playing deeper.
However, Klopp has opted to play Milner in his preferred position so far this season, which has made the midfielder happier.
He revealed: “Like I said before I’m enjoying being in there and hopefully I can get around the field and contribute at both ends.
“It might take me a few games to get fully up to being 100 percent comfortable, but like I said before I’m just enjoying being there.”
Milner was facing tough competition for a starting spot at the beginning of the season, being reduced to the bench for the first few games, an experience the veteran was determine to change.
Milner seems to have been successful in reclaiming his place in the Liverpool team having started the last three games in a row, which has brought his season appearances to a grand total of 11.
The Premier League winner has been at Liverpool since 2015, having joined from Man City and his current deal does not run out until 2019.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp may make changes against Maribor