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What does the future hold for James Milner at Liverpool?

At Liverpool, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are the players to take most of the acclaim from victories — and rightly so.

Last season, the goal-scoring exploits of the trio both in the Premier League and the Champions League was phenomenal.

On route to the club’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Mane, Firmino and Salah were all able to score an incredible 10 goals each in the competition, while what the latter was able to accomplish on his return to the Premier League was something else.

Ultimately, the three are the stars of the team and essential to what Jurgen Klopp is implementing at Anfield.

However, James Milner is also proving to be a very important cog in this well-oiled Liverpool machine, something not many supporters would have expected when the 32-year-old arrived on Merseyside back in 2015.

Given his experience and versatility, there was every expectation that Milner was brought in on a free transfer from Manchester City to be nothing more than a utility player under manager at the time Brendan Rodgers.

And while Klopp has indeed utilised Milner’s versatility since succeeding Rodgers in the Anfield dugout, the former England international has been so much more than a player used to fill gaps in the team when necessary.

£13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Milner, of course, has been used in both full-back positions, but Klopp has also deployed him centrally on plenty of occasions including this season.

Even with the big-money arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho during the summer, Klopp has still opted to go with Milner in the middle of the park at their expenses, and it is not hard to see why.

As well as the energy he provides in central midfield, having previously been a winger, Milner also provides a threat out wide with his crossing and ability from set pieces.

During the previous Champions League campaign, the former Manchester City man was able to register a record nine assists, further displaying the sort of impact he has on games.

Milner is obviously never going to score a dozen goals in a season and does not possess the flair and technical ability of a Naby Keita, for example, but he still very much remains an integral part of Klopp’s squad.

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What does the future hold for James Milner at Liverpool?
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