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Alan Shearer says Liverpool have a real 'manager's dream' in their ranks

Liverpool ace James Milner has been praised by Alan Shearer, who believes the Reds veteran is a real “manager’s dream”.

The 35-year-old has been sensational for Liverpool since joining the Anfield ranks on a free transfer back in 2015.

Milner has clocked up 259 competitive appearances for the Reds, and has won the Premier League and Champions League under Jurgen Klopp.

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The former Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester City man has played in a variety of positions at Anfield.

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A midfielder by trade, Milner has also featured on both flanks, on the wing and in defence, and has done a superb job wherever he’s played.

This week, BBC Match of the Day’s Top 10 Podcast looked at the top 10 unsung heroes in the Premier League.

And Milner was the undisputed number one, with both Shearer and Micah Richards listing him as their top choice.

Shearer, who played alongside Milner at Newcastle, says he wouldn’t be surprised if his former teammate went down the coaching route, such is his professionalism.

“I was at Newcastle with him when he was a youngster,” said Shearer.

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“He had the same attitude then as he does now, which is why he has achieved what he has in the game.

“He is a manager’s dream. He will probably never ever be late, he would be first and last off the training ground.

“Whenever you put him on the pitch, in whatever position, he would do a job for you.

“He would be a seven out of 10 at right back, right wing, central midfielder, wherever you asked him to play.

“He would never moan, so he is always great to have in the dressing room.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up with a coaching role with Liverpool. If he chooses to go down that route then Liverpool will do well.”

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