Milner rated second best full-back in Europe

James Milner has been shifted to full-back this season by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, and even though it is not his favoured position, the Englishman is thriving in it.

According to CIES Football Observatory, the 31-year-old is currently rated as the second best full-back in Europe.

After analysing player statistics, CIES has calculated a score of 88 for the ex-England international, which puts him just behind Juventus’ Alex Sandro (89).

Milner’s impressive form this season so far has placed him ahead of Philipp Lahm (86), Danny Rose (87) and Antonio Valencia (84) in the ratings, while he is level with Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.

The former Manchester City player is known for his positive work ethic having played in various positions during his career.

Milner is naturally a midfield player, and has featured in the middle of the park, as well as out wide and in a more attacking role.

Klopp threw the ex-Aston Villa and Leeds United player into the full-back role at the start of the season, preferring him to Alberto Moreno, who was bought to fill that position in 2014.

As well as getting to grips with the defensive responsibilities, Milner has still contributed in attack, scoring five goals and producing two assists.

Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League table, five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games.