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Alan Shearer says Liverpool have an 'exceptional' player who Klopp has started just five times in 2022

Former Newcastle striker turned BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has praised Liverpool’s veteran midfielder James Milner.

Milner is part of the Liverpool squad gunning for FA Cup glory at Wembley this afternoon, looking to keep the Reds’ hopes of a quadruple alive.

This is the deepest into the season that an English club has actually had a chance of scooping all four trophies, although the coming two weeks will be a huge test of Liverpool’s metal.

Jurgen Klopp has started Milner just five times in 2022, as per Transfermarkt, but Shearer wrote in the Athletic what a big fan of the midfielder he is.

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Shearer praises James Milner

“Does James Milner make me feel old or young? I can point to the pitch as Liverpool press and dominate, still hunting down four trophies, and say I shared a dressing room with that lad, the one running and running and running. The lad who never stops,” wrote Shearer.

“I’m now a statue outside St James’ Park and he’s still flesh and blood, a whirring, blurring man of the match, who won every domestic honour with Manchester City and then pushed himself to outdo himself. This, of course, is a big part of Millie’s story. He’s been so good for so long.

“We are 20 years on from his Premier League debut for Leeds and it is not as if he is now clinging on, traipsing down the divisions. He might be playing less often than he would like at Liverpool, but he is still a leader and tone-setter, one trusted with the first penalty in the Carabao Cup final. Naturally, he scored.

“Against Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, James made his first league start since January and was exceptional, driving the team, covering every blade of grass. There was a moment in the first half when Sadio Mane was pressing and Mille roared at him ‘AGAIN!’ In the middle of it, a 36-year-old freak of nature and the biggest ‘mentality monster’ of the lot.”

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Jose Enrique recently said he hopes Milner signs a new Anfield contract and the Englishman’s importance in terms of setting standards at Liverpool cannot be overstated.

He is the vice captain and one of the fittest players in the team, always reminding players of their responsibilities and ensuring nobody gets carried away.

It is up to him whether he would rather be a squad player at a Liverpool side challenging for everything under the sun or drop further down the Premier League and play more regularly.

Adam Lallana probably provides an interesting case study in that regard, and perhaps Milner will even touch base with his former club and international teammate before deciding his next move.

Before that, there are trophies to win and Milner could yet play a big part.

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