Lineker hails 'unbelievably brilliant' £150k a week Liverpool ace who holds Champions League record
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Gary Lineker says he was wrong about Liverpool's James Milner

BBC pundit Gary Lineker has admitted that he was wrong about James Milner and insists he is a ‘brilliant professional.’

Speaking on the BBC Match of the Day Top 10 Podcast, he backtracked on the Liverpool midfielder, saying: “A few years ago I tweeted something.

“He always played in different positions and I tweeted something, I did a tweet along the lines of ‘I don’t really know what James Milner is’ and I was wrong, because actually what he is is an unbelievably brilliant professional who will play anywhere for you.

“I apologised and he took it with great spirit.”

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One thing I have always found annoying is that Milner, who is on £150,000 a week, never gets credit for doing anything other than working hard, being versatile and being willing to play anywhere for Jurgen Klopp.

He’s played at full-back (both left and right), all across the midfield and has done wonders with the ball from wide areas, yet he is only known for his professionalism.

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Liverpool fans, rival supporters and pundits all gloss over the fact that he holds the single-season record for Champions League assists with more than the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Neymar have ever managed.

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In 2017/18 the Reds were beaten by Real Madrid in the final and, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is more often remembered as Liverpool’s standout midfielder on the path to Kiev, Milner is forgotten.

That season, he set the record for most assists in a single campaign with nine while Wayne Rooney (8) in 2013/14 and Neymar (8) in 2016/17 come in next.

Interestingly, Roberto Firmino is joint-fourth with seven assists also in 2017/18.

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