While they managed to avoid a scare by prevailing at Cardiff, Liverpool’s victory came at a slight cost.
Indeed, their influential midfielder Fabinho had to be taken off after suffering a knock, meaning that Jurgen Klopp will miss his midfield general for possibly a game or two now, if the protocol for head injuries is indeed followed correctly.
However, this potential setback can actually be a silver lining for experienced veteran, James Milner.
Surely, he’ll now regain his place deep in midfield and gain responsibility for keeping the intensity fired up.
The only player in the squad to actually have won the Premier League, Milner boasts the winning mentality others don’t have. He can be the influential figure to keep them from crumbling, while his diligent work in midfield means he can boss around the teams to come and also create chances on the go.
He’s already scored 5, assisted 5 in the Premier League (via Transfermarkt), but his overall work-rate is what makes him Jurgen Klopp’s most important player. Despite his age, Milner often works the hardest into winning back possession, stopping attacks and getting the ball forward.
The 33-year-old needs to utilize his experience and allow Liverpool to operate with similar velocity as they did with Fabinho’s involvement. It’s time for Milner’s versatility to shine and the hunger for a 3rd Premier League title will make him play an influential role in this thrilling final stretch.
All of a sudden, he’s looking like the club’s most important player during this run in.
Liverpool fans, do you think Milner can make up for Fabinho’s absence in coming games? Join the discussion by commenting below…