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Forget Fab Four: Liverpool’s unsung assist king is key to Klopp’s Champions League success – Agreed?

Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern are loving their current Champions League campaign.

The Reds have scored an amazing 23 goals in the group stages and find themselves in the last 16 for the first time since 2009, facing a winnable tie after being drawn against Porto. So much hype surrounds the ‘Fab Four’, with all of them getting their fair share of glory in front of goal, much to the delight of our resident Reds.

However, if Liverpool are to have any type of success in this year’s Champions League, our barman thinks it could be down to one reliable Reds player.

James Milner has assisted five times already in the group stages, two more than anyone else, and all that within the 252 minutes he’s played. Our punters took into consideration that Neymar, Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens have played all six games totalling 540 minutes and have three assists each.

Milner’s been deployed by Klopp in the left-back position for much of his time on Merseyside and our landlord noticed that, like many converted wingers are doing this season, he thrives in that role. However, returning to central midfield, the former Manchester City man can pull strings there too.

If Klopp can use this attacking full-back (or classy central midfielder) firing alongside his plethora of talent up front, many of our regulars believe that Liverpool may be the sleeping giants in the last stages to avoid.

The former England man brings a wealth of experience and a calm head, something Liverpool and Klopp will need as his team go into unfamiliar territory. Could Milner be the unsung hero this season? Will this type of play work in the knockout stages among the big boys?

He’s certainly a safe pair of hands and someone to help bring the best out of the forward line.

Liverpool fans what are your thoughts?

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