Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas laud James Milner after Liverpool win
Gary Lineker labelled James Milner extraordinary after Liverpool beat Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Jermaine Jenas told Match of the Day that his performance was remarkable.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have gone to the Premier League summit after beating the Eagles at Anfield.
Their 3-0 victory was all the more impressive given the key players Klopp rested following their amazing win over AC Milan in midweek.
Milner was one of those brought in. And he went on to vindicate Klopp’s decision with an outstanding display at right-back.
As shown by Whoscored, he had 117 touches. No other player on either side had more than 84 during the contest. He also completed more passes than any other player.
He completed four tackles, made four clearances and made three interceptions.
And following the win, Match of the Day posted a graphic showing that he also topped the charts for distance covered and most sprints.
“It’s remarkable, testament to the way he looks after himself that he can just come in these types of games and perform the way he does,” Jenas told Match of the Day.
“Zaha was brilliant last week against Spurs. He gave Emerson Royal an absolutely torrid time. He didn’t get a kick today against James Milner.”
“That’s extraordinary,” Lineker replied, in reference to those stats from Milner, “Defies belief.”
Milner certainly ‘defies belief’ as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace
On paper, Liverpool fans had every right to feel a little nervous ahead of Saturday.
As Jenas notes, Wilfried Zaha would have probably fancied his chances of stealing the show on Merseyside.
There is surely no doubt that he would have been happier coming up against 35-year-old Milner instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
But Zaha had the fewest shots on goal of the four attacking players used by Patrick Vieira.
Obviously, Milner is now into the twilight of his career. And there may be times when he does not appear to be at the level Liverpool need as they potentially challenge on all fronts.
But heading into Saturday, Milner had played a handful of minutes since the opening day.
And yet, he went on to produce a stunning display when called upon.
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