Lijnders lauds 'unbelievable' Liverpool player who has blown him away in training
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has raved about James Milner following a moment of magic at the club’s training camp in Austria.
The Reds are currently working hard in preparation for the 2021/22 campaign. They will hope to get closer to Manchester City after relinquishing their Premier League title last season.
Milner is an experienced performer. He is, however, one of the most professional players England has ever seen, with his attitude and work rate spot on.
It would seem as though the 35-year-old is busy trying to prove himself ahead of the new campaign.
He has made 250 appearances for the Reds and is a trusted member of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad. In recent years he has become a utility man and is still a big player.
Lijnders is Klopp’s trusted lieutenant and has been penning a diary for the club’s official website during their stay in Austria.
A piece of brilliance from Milner caught his eye during the weekend and he’s been describing it in detail.
He told the club’s official website: “There were two or three unbelievable moments, finished off by James and Sadio.
“Millie thought it was time to strike, and how… from far away into the top corner, hitting the crossbar on the way in.”
Milner might remain peripheral but Euro 2020 could help
The experienced campaigner probably accepts that he’s no longer the first choice at Liverpool. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to play as much as he possibly can, however.
The beauty of him is that he can play in a number of positions, with one of those being in central midfield.
As a result, Jordan Henderson’s participation in Euro 2020 could actually help him get a shot to impress during the opening exchanges of the season.
The captain will be given a longer leave of absence and there’s nothing at this stage to suggest he’ll make the start of the season.
If he doesn’t Milner will hope to get the nod. The fact he’s impressing in training will be doing his chances of more game time next season no harm at all.