Milner’s performance against Tottenham Hotspur proves he will be crucial to Liverpool’s season

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When Liverpool added Fabinho and Naby Keita to the midfield in the summer, many would have assumed that James Milner would be the one to drop down the rankings.

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The former England international is reaching the latter stages of his career at the age of 32, but at the moment he is proving those assumptions wrong.

Against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, the experienced midfielder was arguably the best man on the pitch.

Milner started on the right side of midfield, but Jurgen Klopp’s system is fluid, which meant that the former Manchester City could navigate himself all around the pitch, and he did.

James Milner stats v Tottenham Hotspur

In attack, Milner was crucial as he made the same number of key passes as teammate Mohamed Salah.

Only Andrew Robertson made more passes than Milner throughout the entire match, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Reds.

As well as producing quality in the final third, the midfielder also helped out in defence as he made more tackles than any of his teammates and also cleared the danger twice.

Milner does not look as though he is slowing down any time soon, and with Liverpool attempting to challenge on all fronts, Klopp will be relieved.