The shock statistic that shows most effective Liverpool attacking player this season
By Alex Stevens
James Milner has been directly involved in more Liverpool goals than any other player this season.
The England international has scored seven goals in all competitions in 2015/16, supplemented by 12 assists.
The midfielder further demonstrated his creative influence by assisting three of Liverpool’s goals in their sensational 4-3 Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.
Milner, who began the game in central midfield before moving to a role on the right side of a midfield diamond following the double substitution of Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen for Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, set up the second-half goals by Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren.
James Milner has now been involved in more Liverpool goals than any other player this season (19 – seven goals, 12 assists) #LFC
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) April 14, 2016
It lifted Milner above Roberto Firmino as the player directly involved in the most Liverpool goals this season.
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The Brazilian has been involved in 18 in all competitions (nine goals and nine assists), which is one more than his countryman Philippe Coutinho, who has 17 (11 goals and six assists).
The influential display of set-piece specialist Milner against Dortmund, in which Liverpool fought back from 3-1 down to seal one of the greatest fightbacks in European club history, came despite a series of disappointing corners.
Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed afterwards how he had heard the supporters cross to the touchline condemning the “s***” corner from the 30-year-old.
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