James Milner was vital in helping secure Liverpool’s 4-3 win against RB Salzburg. The veteran midfielder came on in the second half and played 30 minutes for the Reds at Anfield.
Erling Braut Haaland had just levelled the scores at 3-3 and Salzburg looked like scoring again. But on came Milner to steady the Liverpool ship and that’s exactly what he did.
Jurgen Klopp often calls on Milner to help his team through the tough moments.
Just last week he was the senior player tasked with seeing a young Reds team through a tricky trip to MK Dons. In last night’s game, Milner was brought on in place of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
The emergence of Milner steadied the ship; a leaky Liverpool defence suddenly looked more stable with the calming influence of the Reds midfielder sitting in front of them.
After that Liverpool were able to push on and grab another goal and all three points.
Milner plays a pivotal role in this Liverpool side. He may not be fast, gifted or exciting but he is a true leader on the pitch.
The 33-year-old has been underrated throughout his career and continues to be so by some Liverpool fans.
Klopp is one man who certainly doesn’t underestimate Milner and we should be grateful for that.