“Not my favourite switch”: £150,000/week Liverpool star admits he dislikes role he was forced to play v Southampton

James Milner joked in his post-match interview that he doesn’t like playing at right-back but the Englishman displayed his incredible attitude.

The former Manchester City midfielder did his best to help Liverpool claw back to within a point of his former club as they beat Southampton 2-1 away from home to ensure the Premier League title race will go down to the final day of the season.

Milner was forced to move to right-back after Joe Gomez was cruelly forced off with a very nasty looking injury.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold not named in the matchday squad after playing 120 minutes in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea, 36-year-old ‘Millie’ had to make the sacrifice.

Via Premier League Productions (22:39 – 17/05/2022), he said: “Midfield to right-back is not my favourite switch in the world to be honest! But you do what the team needs, hopefully Joey is okay.

He continued: “The guys are incredible, maybe who haven’t played as much but you should see them in training every single day.

“It’s incredible the level they put in.

“You can see it when they need to step up they have. It’s a special group of players. “We fight to the end.”

It was an unsurprising show of selflessness from Milner, who spent a season playing as a left-back in Jurgen Klopp’s first full season as Liverpool boss in 2015/16.

This incredible season is sure to be remembered for the brilliance from the attacking ranks, the masterful midfield displays from Thiago, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wonderful creativity from fullback, Virgil van Dijk returning without fuss from an ACL injury and Alisson’s 1v1 shot-stopping masterclasses.

Yet, the likes of James Milner must be commended for his selfless contributions, Takumi Minamino for his vital goals and Divock Origi for being Divock Origi.

Liverpool have reportedly offered Milner a one-year extension to his £150,000/week deal and games like these are a perfect example of why Jurgen Klopp loves him so much.

It might be that £150k per week may be a bit steep for a player that started just 9 times in the league but if Klopp wants him and that’s what it takes, then I’m in.

It’s not Milner’s football ability that Klopp is desperate to retain but rather his leadership and experience.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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