'The Reds will certainly miss him': Media wowed by £150k-a-week Liverpool man's '9/10' display today
Liverpool briefly returned to the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 1-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday.
The Reds dominated proceedings on Tyneside, with 66 percent possession and a staggering 24 efforts.
Indeed, 10 of those were on target, but Liverpool had to make do with just the one goal.
Naby Keita grabbed what turned out to be the winner for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 19th minute.
The Guinea international rifled in a composed finish after exchanging passes with Diogo Jota.
Newcastle occasionally threatened an equaliser on the break, ensuring a nervy finale for the visitors.
However, Liverpool held on to make it three consecutive wins in the Premier League.
The Reds remain in contention for an unprecedented quadruple, with Villarreal in the Champions League up next.
“The Reds will certainly miss him”
Most of Liverpool’s players impressed on Tyneside, but James Milner deserves special credit.
At 36, he continues to step up when called upon by Klopp, with another outstanding performance on Saturday.
According to Whoscored, Milner took 74 touches, more than any other player in the game.
The £150,000-a-week star also made four key passes, had one shot, won three aerials, and made four tackles.
Several media outlets sung Milner’s praises after the game.
The Liverpool Echo gave him 8/10 and wrote: “Snapped into tackles early on against his former team, and one such cruncher on Schar created winner. Plenty of energy and covered so much ground.”
The Express went with 9/10, writing: “A dogged, tenacious performance from the veteran on his 810th appearance for club and country.
“A great tackle led to Keita’s opener, he bravely put his body on the line when Newcastle threatened and Jurgen Klopp will have loved every single bit of it.”
And TheHardTackle gave Milner 7/10, writing: “It was an excellent shift from James Milner.
“The veteran wasn’t shy of throwing himself challenges and putting pressure on the Newcastle United ball-carriers.
“The Reds will certainly miss him in the coming years.”
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