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Rhys Williams says Liverpool have a player in their ranks who’s ‘almost like another coach’

Liverpool defender Rhys Williams has waxed lyrical about Reds teammate James Milner, saying he’s been “almost like another coach” during his injury layoff.

The Anfield veteran has been on the sidelines this month, though he’s in contention for Wednesday night’s Premier League trip to Burnley.

Williams spoke highly of Milner in conversation with the Liverpool media team, saying his presence at games when he “doesn’t really have to” be there has been massively appreciated.

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“Mille was at the West Brom game a few days ago,” said the Reds centre-back.

“For him to take time out when he probably doesn’t really have to, but the fact that he feels that involved in a team and he knows we’re one big family… he’s the bigger presence around the squad.

“That’s brilliant for young players because before the game he was speaking to me and Nat, giving us advice. You can still hear him from the stands, he’s almost like another coach.

“When I was having a bit of trouble with the striker, he was telling me to get Fab in front or to get Robbo to block him from running in from the side. To have Millie there, it’s massive for us.”

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Milner has made 34 appearances for Liverpool this season in a number of different positions on the pitch, which has helped the team out massively amid injury issues.

His contract expires next season, and if he does hang up his boots, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him go down the coaching route – he truly seems made for it.

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