James Milner wasn’t even on the pitch for what was reportedly his favourite moment of the 19/20 season.
Goal recently put out an article detailing the future of Liverpool, which included an interesting part about Milner.
The 34-year-old, playing his fifth season with the club, has certainly had his share of great moments this season. There was his last-minute penalty to beat Leicester City earlier in the campaign, while Milner featured in wins over every team in the Premier League.
And yet, the vice-captain’s favourite moment came in a game he didn’t play. In fact, he wasn’t even on the bench.
Goal quotes once source in saying “I’ve never seen him so happy – ever!” after Liverpool defeated Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. That was a strange game, of course, as Liverpool put out a youth team in the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay.
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The Reds won 1-0, however, as a team of mostly teenagers beat a senior, professional side.
Liverpool’s own senior side was away on a Premier League-enforced winter break. The only player not at home, in fact, was Milner, who watched in attendance.
It says a lot that watching the kids win that game resonated so much with Milner. He’s a veteran now, of course, at 34 years old and having played in the Premier League since he was 16.
But in that sense, he’s someone who has seen it all. Premier League winner, Champions League winner, FA Cup winner. He set a record for youngest Premier League goalscorer.
Add 61 England caps to that and you’ve got a player who must be hard to impress.
But watching that young Liverpool team qualify for the Fifth Round is unique. And that Milner enjoyed the moment as much as he did would certainly suggest that a career in coaching may be in his future.
This is a player who actively wanted to help out with the Shrewsbury game, after all (per the Independent). And perhaps we’ll see him more involved with that side of things in the years to come.