It would certainly be a difficult task finding a player more decorated than James Milner during the previous decade. The Liverpool man claimed seven pieces of silverware during the 2010s and is one of few players to have won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup during that time.
The Reds’ vice-captain recently committed his future to the club after signing a contract extension that will keep him at Anfield until 2022. Milner joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2015 on a free transfer and it has proved to be one of the great deals of the Premier League era.
Milner, 33, has gone on to make 203 appearances for Liverpool and has featured more under Jurgen Klopp than any other Reds player not including Roberto Firmino. He has 26 goals in just over four years at Anfield and has also registered 40 assists.
Despite making his league debut nearly 18 years ago, Milner doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The former Aston Villa midfielder has featured 23 times for the European champions this season – scoring four goals and boasting three assists.
Milner is the only player currently in the Reds squad to know what it is like to win a Premier League title following successes with City in 2012 and 2014. Liverpool and Milner are currently 10 points clear at the league summit and are on the verge of claiming a first league title in 30 years.
Liverpool are preparing for their first clash of the decade against Sheffield United on Thursday and Milner has backed his team to showcase the same desire that brought so much success during 2019.
Speaking on his Twitter page, Milner wrote: “New decade, same desire”.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) January 1, 2020
Milner made it a continental treble during 2019 after adding the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to the team’s Champions League triumph in Madrid back in June.
The former England international may be in the latter stages of his career but he will have never been a part of a more formidable side than this current Liverpool squad. Klopp’s team are one day away from going a full-calender year unbeaten in the league and recently made it 50 games without defeat in the league at Anfield.
With Liverpool currently breaking record left-right and centre, it may be the start of a new decade but the prospect of a golden age beginning at Anfield looks tantalisingly more likely with each passing day.