Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has lavished praise on teammate James Milner after the midfielder reached 500 Premier League appearances in the win at Bournemouth.
Milner became just the 13th player to reach the landmark, and Henderson was full of praise the 32-year-old, comparing Milner to former Anfield greats Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
“There have been so many big moments the last week – ranging from the derby win, through Burnley away and then Bournemouth – that to single one thing out is hard, but I think it’s deserving.’’ Henderson wrote in Liverpool’s official match day programme.
“Our gaffer summed it up when speaking to a few of us after the game. Look at the list of players who have made 500 Premier League appearances and you only see ‘greats’. Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Emile Heskey are names that Liverpool supporters know are on there already. But we can now add James Milner to it and every single player in our dressing room is delighted we managed to mark it with a win for him at Bournemouth.
“It’s typical of Millie that he didn’t say a word about it either on the day or in the build-up. It’s also typical that he was asked to play right-back for it – not a position he is used to playing – yet did a fantastic job for the team without any quibble. He was excellent at right-back, just as he was when he went to left-back at Burnley, just as he is wherever he is on the pitch. The manager even said he’d play in goal if he had to, and I honestly believe that’s true.”
Milner was again instrumental last night as Liverpool made it through to the Champions League last 16 by beating Italian side Napoli 1-0 at Anfield.