James Milner would have more than a fighting chance of being on the plane to Russia with England for this summer’s World Cup if he hadn’t retired from international football and put in another performance of endeavour, vigour and energy as Liverpool blitzed Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.
The former Manchester City man, valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, ensured that the Reds were not knocked off course by the premature loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury in the first half and built up a lead that should not be assailable in Rome next week.
It is clear that the Reds’ fans have taken Milner to their hearts as an underrated and understated contributor to their high-tempo style, dominating the engine room to allow the Red Arrows up front to do the damage and grab the headlines.
We’ve taken a closer look at the reaction of the Liverpool support to Milner’s performance against the Italian giants on a night that saw him break the record for assists in a Champions League campaign – with nine…
Never a pen Jimbo but my god that defence looks crumbly under any pressure 😬
— David Shute (@ShuteDavid) April 24, 2018
great performance and result you did us proud !
— Jason 👍 (@jasone1972) April 24, 2018
James, great game and congratulations on your new assist record!
— Kevin Macdonald (@kjpmacdonald) April 24, 2018
9 assists in one season… LFC IS MAKING HISTORY
— Ida Giorgis (@idagiorgis) April 24, 2018
RECORD BREAKER 🔥 🔥 🔥
— ₁₁ (@BeardedSalah) April 24, 2018
9 assist and still going on 💪, new record well done
— Cahyo W (@CHYWBW) April 24, 2018
love you loads xx
— Peter (@petergw97) April 24, 2018
Back four 💩 💩 💩 💩
— liam willey (@liam21willey) April 25, 2018
Irresistible Reds. Congratulations on your assists Record millie
— anupamLFC_JFT96 (@dranupamgd) April 25, 2018