The date for Liverpool’s Premier League title defence has been confirmed following the announcement regarding the scheduling of 2020/21 fixtures.

For James Milner, the PL opening day will bring a situation for the 34-year-old veteran beyond just winning a football match as it represents the first time he will reunite with his boyhood club Leeds United in England’s top-flight for the first time in 16 years.

Steve Finnan of Liverpool clashes with James Milner of Leeds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Steve Finnan of Liverpool clashes with James Milner of Leeds during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Liverpool and Leeds at Anfield on October 25, 2003 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Milner began his Leeds career all the way back in 1996 and it was at Elland Road where the Englishman honed his talent to become one of the Premier League’s most consistent ever players.

He clocked up 50 appearances for the Yorkshire outfit before leaving the club in 2004 following Leeds’ relegation to the Championship.

It is set to be an emotional occasion for Milner, who for the first time in his 18-year professional career will face every one of his former teams whom he was signed for on a permanent basis.


Having represented all of Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and indeed Leeds, Milner awaits the prospect of returning to all of the Premier League grounds he once would call home.

In total, Milner has clocked up over 50,000 minutes of competitive action and Liverpool’s vice captain will begin next season as the competition’s fifth all-time serving player in terms of appearances.

He is 96 PL games away from emulating the achievement of former teammate Gareth Barry and considering Milner’s current physical conditioning, there is no reason he cannot beat the all-time record.

Milner has won everything there is to win in club football which makes the notion of next season having a special edge to others practically impossible.

However, given he will is due to pay a visit to all of his former Premier League clubs next season all of a sudden there is an emotional edge in what will be Milner’s 19th consecutive season in England’s top-flight.

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