Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has opened up about his admiration for teammate James Milner.
Now 32, Milner has been playing at the top level since he burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old with hometown club Leeds United, and has gone on to make 497 Premier League appearances during spells with Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Having initially been used by Jurgen Klopp as a left-back Milner is enjoying something of a renaissance this season in central midfield.
Alexander-Arnold has revealed that witnessing his teammates dedication and consistency on a daily basis is something he uses as motivation.
“I’d say James Milner is the most consistent player I’ve ever played or trained with – I’ve never seen him have a bad session or a bad game,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool’s official magazine.
“He’s so reliable and so versatile as well and that’s everything you want in a player.
“He’ll put his body on the line for the team and he’s non-stop. When times are hard, he’ll put in a tackle that lifts everyone and gets everyone up for the game. He brings the energy that the team needs.
“Off the pitch he holds the highest standards that I’ve probably ever seen in someone.
“He demands a lot from himself and seeing that on a daily basis is incredible. He’ll never give up in training, he’ll never stop running, and it gives you that motivation to do the same.”