The 34-year-old started alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones – who was replaced at half-time by Jordan Henderson – and found himself in a physical battle with likes of former Manchester United and Everton players Daley Blind and Davy Klaassen from the first whistle.
Milner has not been a regular starter for the Merseysiders for some time and is yet to make the first eleven in the current Premier League campaign, having only made nine starts during their title-winning season (via Whoscored).
Despite this, Klopp previously described the veteran as a “role model” after he was part of their cup runs last season, where many first-team players were rested to prioritise their league, European and Club World Cup campaigns respectively (via Sky Sports).
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However, supporters were beginning to run out of patience with the vice-captain, mainly due to him being behind the play for large parts of the first part, which resulted in him going into the referee’s book in the 38th minute.
Fans not impressed with the performance they saw from Milner
Milner with his usual poor ball control almost cost a goal but was bailed by Fabinho. Great pro but Milner is too limited at this level #lfc
— Deji Guerrero (@Deji500) October 21, 2020
Milner is finished. Bang average. #LFC
— Kloppinell’ (@KOPrumours) October 21, 2020
Curtis Jones average.
Milner is past it.
Robertson lively, so too Mane.
Fabinho man of the match so far.
Salah trying hard, could’ve scored.
Adrian nervy but made a good save or 2, surprisingly. #LFC
— My Surname is Khan™ (@ejaz_k) October 21, 2020
Milner been a total liability. This game is all wrong for him. Their midfield too nippy for him. #LFC
— CL Collins (@CL__Collins) October 21, 2020
Milner is like a old man, get Henderson on 2nd half #LFC
— newman40 (@newman40) October 21, 2020
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