Liverpool produced a blistering performance to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday night, thanks to goals from Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.
The potency of City’s attack is such that the two-legged affair is not over yet but Jurgen Klopp’s side took a huge leap towards the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition as they blew Pep Guardiola’s side away.
James Milner – valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt – joined the Reds from City on a free transfer in 2015 and produced a performance full of energy, desire and pressing to subdue the visitors’ star-studded midfield.
David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne have dominated the middle of the pitch in most games this season but we’ve taken a look at the numbers behind the former England international’s display as he prevented the talented duo from doing the same at Anfield.
Put simply, Milner was everywhere. With five tackles, four clearances and three interceptions, he did an excellent job of stifling the City midfield, which became increasingly difficult as the second half wore on.
He also epitomised Liverpool’s commitment to attack – especially in that stunning first half display – with three crosses and a key pass from central midfield. What made this performance so special is that it was not just a spoiling job.
With Jordan Henderson suspended for the second leg, Milner may have to pick up even more of the slack when he returns to the Etihad on Tuesday night.
But if he repeats this performance, Klopp might just start dreaming of the semi-finals.