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Liverpool: James Pearce rates James Milner’s starting chances v Wolves

Liverpool: James Pearce rates James Milner’s starting chances v Wolves -Liverpool News

‘It’s possible’ that Jurgen Klopp recalls James Milner for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Wolves on Saturday, James Pearce has claimed.

The lowdown

The 35-year-old has started four Premier League games for the Reds so far this season, last making the first XI for the 5-0 victory over Watford on 16 October.

After missing three matches through injury, he has been given run-outs in the closing stages of Liverpool’s recent victories over Southampton and Everton, and Klopp has already hailed the versatile veteran’s ‘incredible’ contribution this term.

This could be Milner’s final season at Anfield, with just over six months remaining on his £140,000-per-week contract.

The latest

In a Q&A for The Athletic, a fan asked if a Milner start today is inevitable. Pearce replied that ‘there were some tired limbs’ after an ‘intense’ Merseyside derby on Wednesday night, which could see Klopp make the change.

However, the journalist personally hopes that the German sticks with the trio of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago, given how tightly-contested the title race is proving to be and with Wolves expected to be a tough nut to crack at Molineux.

The verdict

It’s a particularly intense period of the season right now, with Liverpool facing nine matches in the month of December alone. From that point of view, you could understand why Klopp might look to rotate his squad.

However, the Reds have the luxury of a confirmed place in the Champions League round of 16 ahead of the last round of group stage matches. That means they can afford to rest all of their key players on Tuesday when they take on AC Milan.

Klopp should therefore go full-strength for a tricky-looking away game against Wolves and then switch things up at the San Siro, which may be a more ideal fixture for Milner to get a starting berth.

In other news, plenty of Liverpool fans react to this AFCON development.


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