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Alan Shearer believes Liverpool 'will do well' if they can secure coaching role for James Milner

Alan Shearer believes James Milner could be destined for a coaching role at Liverpool. The Newcastle United legend is a former teammate.

James Milner is now in his seventh season with Liverpool. That’s actually more seasons than he’s spent anywhere else, which surprises us a little.

Milner arrived as a free transfer, of course, taking over the ‘veteran’ spot from Steven Gerrard. He’s been an overwhelming success story in just about everything he’s done since.

The 35-year-old has contributed immensely to Jurgen Klopp’s reign in charge, both in building it and delivering success.

Liverpool qualified for the Champions League back in 2017, for instance, with Milner playing as a left-back. He was pretty great there, even as a one-season thing and the Reds don’t finish in the top four without him there.

He transitioned into more of a squad role once Liverpool started to win trophies. Milner has been the ultimate squad player, essentially, able to fill in gaps wherever they pop up.

Even just this season, we’ve seen him at holding midfield, in a box-to-box role and as a right-back. It’s incredible and unbelievably difficult to find in a player.

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His efforts are really catching the eye of one former teammate, too – Alan Shearer. The Premier League’s record goalscorer played with Milner at Newcastle United and believes the player is a ‘dream’.

Alan Shearer on James Milner

“He is a manager’s dream. He will probably never ever be late, he would be first and last off the training ground,” he told Match of the Day’s Top 10 podcast.

“Whenever you put him on the pitch, in whatever position, he would do a job for you.

“He would be a seven out of 10 at right-back, right-wing, central midfielder, wherever you asked him to play.

“He would never moan, so he is always great to have in the dressing room.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up with a coaching role with Liverpool. If he chooses to go down that route then Liverpool will do well.”

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We imagine the coaching route is one Liverpool will hope he goes down. Milner is someone who can inspire youngsters, purely through his mentality.

Harvey Elliott is a testament to that.

We’ve also seen Milner go out of his way to help the youngsters. Then-Under 23s boss Neil Critchley applauded the midfielder for it back in 2020.

So if this is something Milner wants, he imagine Liverpool will help him with it. We’d certainly like him to stick around for as long as possible – he’s a part of the furniture now.

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