Klopp hails ‘exceptional’ Milner

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been singing the praises of veteran midfielder James Milner ahead of his sides Premier League fixture against Brighton on Saturday evening.

The Reds are widely regarded as the main challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League crown this season, having spent almost £200 million this summer on the top class quartet of Fabinho, Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

However, during the Anfield outfits opening two fixtures of the season – wins over West Ham and Crystal Palace – it has been 32-year-old stalwart James Milner that has arguably been Liverpool’s most consistent performer.

Milner seems to have a new burst of life in the centre of Klopp’s midfield having previously being used as a left-back by the German coach.

Speaking to the press ahead of his sides fixture against Chris Hughton’s Seagulls tomorrow Klopp was full of praise for the effervescent Milner.

“I didn’t work with Milner [when he was younger] but he is always good since I worked with him,”

“He played full-back and now he plays a midfield role. Milly’s age is no issue. He’s a natural and skilled boy. He can do every sport and ever one he tries he’s good at. Age is no problem.

“If you’re 32 in any company in the world they tell you wait a few years until you can get a real job but in football, it sounds like they’re close to retirement. But our players could play until 38 and I’m sure he’s one of them if he can keep free of injuries.

“His desire to improve is exceptional but if it’s the best moment of his career you have to ask him.”

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