James Milner stepped in at left-back on Tuesday night in the Champions League win against Porto – and many Liverpool fans praised the versatile ace for his performance.
The Reds were without Andrew Robertson through suspension for the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final, but Milner came in at full-back and looked comfortable.
Jurgen Klopp’s team secured a 2-0 win at Anfield to give them a nice cushion ahead of the away leg next week.
First-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool the lead after a blistering start, while they weren’t quite as effective in the second period.
A selection of Liverpool fans discussed Milner’s contribution on social media and hailed his professionalism.
The Englishman is a central midfielder by trade that has mainly played there this season, but showed his quality at left-back on the European stage and did previously play that role a couple of seasons ago.
He put in some decent tackles and was positionally switched on, which meant that Liverpool didn’t miss their flying Scotsman too much.
Robertson is of course a better attacking threat and will be available for the return leg, but Milner got the credit he deserved.
Here are some Liverpool fans discussing Milner:
Milner knows how to pull back and play that full back role well while technically playing in midfield, which translates to an understanding of how to best work the def/mid switch while playing further back. Subtle but incredibly important imo (3/3)
— Conal (@conal_lfc_97) April 10, 2019
MOTM for me – James Milner #LFC
— Abdulaziz 🔴 (@a_elsouri) April 9, 2019
Milner deserves more credit, he is a workhorse, never moans and gets on with the job even at LB, immense player who deserves more credit
— The Kop (@TheKopiteLFC) April 9, 2019
Shoutout to James Milner today. He performed really well at left-back today.
He’s 33 but was constantly providing an outlet down the left-flank.
He was an excellent, excellent stand in for Robertson. #LFC
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) April 9, 2019
Milner has been superb at left back tonight.
— The Normal One (@Shai_lfc) April 9, 2019
Milner has done well tonight and has linked up with Naby on a fair few occasions
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) April 9, 2019
What a utility player Milner’s been through his entire career at #LFC. Indispensable.
— sergio (@sergiozepol) April 9, 2019