This time last season, you’d have got pretty good odds on James Milner becoming Liverpool’s first-choice left-back – let alone emerging as one of the most in-form No.3s in the Premier League.
Indeed, not everybody was convinced by the industrious midfielder taking the role at the start of the season. In fact, the biggest argument for him to do so was quite simply the woeful defensive efforts of Alberto Moreno.
A midfielder coming into a notoriously leaky defence seemed like flawed logic on Jurgen Klopp’s part, yet Milner has slowly but surely proved the doubters wrong this season – culminating in his Man of the Match performance vs. Everton last night.
Sadio Mane may have grabbed the headlines for his stoppage time winner, but the former England international was rock solid at the back, helping his side keep their fifth Premier League clean sheet of the season, and he also contributed heavily at the other end.
As the infographic shows, Milner notched up two created chances, two successful dribbles, eleven crosses, two tackles and seven clearances. It was an all-action performance that proved the 30-year-old has completed his transition from a midfielder to a modern day full-back.