Liverpool have finally rounded off their most successful Premier League season to date after after bring crowned champions for the first time.
After a runaway 2019/20 campaign, Jurgen Klopp chose a weakened side to see out their final match of the term. It looked like it would be an upset on the road for the champions, but a typical Liverpool-style comeback saw them finish the season on 99 points.
Although Dwight Gayle put his side ahead inside the first minute, the Reds pulled three back to secure the win at St James’ Park. Goal-scorers Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane stood out, but one man in particular went under the radar despite his strong performance.
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James Milner started his first match since March as he wore the captain’s armband against the Toon. He wasn’t directly involved in any of the goals, but his play-making was some of the best on the field. According to FotMob, the 34-year-old made two key passes and and completed 8/9 accurate long balls.
Milner also won the most duels out of the whole match, winning eight of his nine attempted. Additionally, he was the most fouled payer on the pitch, proving his attacking flair was too much for Newcastle’s defence to handle. His 100% dribble success rate will have also caused the Magpies some problems, completing 2/2 attempted – more than teammate Naby Keita with 1/1.
As a veteran of the game, the former Leeds man has taken more of a backseat this season to allow Klopp to field his strongest midfield. However, Milner has still made 37 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool and has scored four goals and added four assists to his tally as well (via Transfermarkt).
There’s still life in the old boy yet.
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