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'A bigger injury': Liverpool provide update on £140k-a-week star ahead of PNE clash

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has provided an update on Reds ace James Milner ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match.

The 36-year-old featured for just 26 minutes in Sunday’s Premier League hammering of Manchester United, Curtis Jones taking his place.

Milner injured himself turning for a misplaced Robertson pass, and Lijnders revealed that he aggravated the problem by chasing after an opposition player making a run.

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The Liverpool assistant also confirmed that the £140,000-a-week star would likely be out until after the international break.

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“Millie felt something, he felt something wasn’t right in his hamstring, a little bit tight,” said Lijnders.

“Then [Mason] Greenwood made this run and he decides, ‘I need to catch him’ – how Millie is, putting the team always first. And that created a bigger injury in that moment, that run.

“It shows a lot about his character and his will power to put the team first.

“This [injury] will be until the international break for sure, so it’s a long one. But we will need him in the coming period.”

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Liverpool head to Preston North End in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

The Reds have a fair few issues in midfield, with Naby Keita unlikely to be risked, and Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott out alongside Milner.

That leaves three senior centre-mids in Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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