Liverpool’s vice-captain James Milner has called for the Reds to ‘get straight back on track’ following the Premier League’s inaugural winter break.
Milner, 33, is available for selection for the first time in five weeks after the Englishman sustained muscle damage against Everton in the FA Cup third-round victory.
The former Manchester City has become the embodiment of Jurgen Klopp’s infectious mentality and philosophy after Milner went the extra mile during the fortnight off from PL action to help inspire the club’s youngest ever team to victory against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup.
As per the Daily Mail, Milner asked Critchley if he could be involved and then trained with the academy stars ahead of the crunch match at Anfield.
Liverpool’s only current Premier League-winner even gave a team talk ahead of the match, which he attended while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remained absent, as promised to respect the winter break.
Critchley said of Milner: “He is totally respectful and professional. He was giving words of advice.”
Milner has now made more appearances (205) for Liverpool than for any other side and has featured under Klopp more than any Reds player – not including Roberto Firmino.
Ahead of the clash with rock-bottom Norwich City, Milner posted on Instagram which read: “Break over: Time to get straight back on track”.
Milner is just six league matches away from his second Premier League title as the Reds look to extend their lead at the top of the table to 25 points ahead of current holders and Milner’s former club City.