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Micah Richards makes claim on Liverpool star James Milner

Micah Richards has told BBC Sport that James Milner is a better player technically than people give him credit for as he discussed Liverpool’s Premier League title win last year.

Milner has enjoyed an amazing career. The 35-year-old could potentially hit 600 Premier League appearances next season.

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Along the way, he has won almost every major honour available to him, including the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

He has also won the Premier League on three occasions, with the latest coming last year with the Reds.

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And while discussing Liverpool’s title win, Richards suggested that he was delighted to see Milner add another honour to his collection.

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“I was happy for Liverpool, especially my former team-mate James Milner,” he told BBC Sport as he reflected on the Reds’ success. “He is one of the funniest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s the first in to training, last out.

“He didn’t get as much respect as he should have at City – he was seen as a utility man. Milner was better technically than people give him credit for – great right foot, great crosser of the ball, great mentality, and he’s a Yorkshire lad.”

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Milner does look destined to be one of those players who will only be truly acknowledged as an all-time great once his playing days are done.

Very few English players have won as many trophies when those honours have largely been split across two different clubs.

And there seems to be little reason why he cannot continue for some time to come yet.

Of course, he is now into the twilight of his career.

But as Richards notes, he has set the standard throughout with the way he has conducted himself.

And having made 26 league appearances this season, he may have already set his sights on playing another important part in Liverpool’s campaign once again next year.

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