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James Milner was Liverpool’s hero against Newcastle

Liverpool returned to the Premier League summit for a few hours at least following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a reinvigorated Newcastle this afternoon.

The Reds’ hopes for an unprecedented quadruple are still alive, and Klopp and his side will surely be dreaming of holding all four trophies come the season’s end.

The 54-year-old rested Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold following their European exploits in midweek as Newcastle started off at a hectic pace.

Naby Keita grabbed the only goal of the match in the 19th minute after some nice build-up play between him and Diogo Jota before rounding the Newcastle goalkeeper to finish.

The Portugal forward came close before half-time with a header, and he had further chances to extend Liverpool’s advantage in the second half. Nonetheless, a win will do, and one of Klopp’s selection gambles paid off.

Jota was bright throughout the game on Tyneside, but perhaps the real hero for the Reds was James Milner.

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Milner was Liverpool’s hero

The veteran Englishman was excellent and received a rating of 8.4 on SofaScore, the highest of any Liverpool player, with Jota second on 7.6.

The 36-year-old won 70% of his duels during the contest to keep his team in with a chance of scraping the victory and played a joint-high four key passes, proving to be vital in both an attacking and defensive sense for the Reds.

The £150k-p/w hero also completed 86% of his passes, making one clearance and four tackles, and he was arguably Klopp’s key performer as they continue to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City in a fascinating title race.

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It may well be Milner’s final season at Anfield, with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, but whenever he is called upon, he does an excellent job, as he very much illustrated today.

His professionalism shines through and he has been an incredibly valuable servant for the club since joining from Manchester City in 2015. Performances like this will serve only to cement his hero status among Kopites everywhere.

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