James Milner has emerged as a fitness doubt for Liverpool’s historic Europa League showdown with Manchester United tomorrow night, according to the Echo.
The Echo reports that our vice-captain sat out of training on Wednesday after being struck down with a virus, and could miss the first leg of the last-16 tie at Anfield.
The England international midfielder reported to Melwood as usual but complained of feeling unwell and was sent home by Liverpool’s medical staff, the Echo claims.
Milner was sent off in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, but would have been available against United because his upcoming suspension only applies domestically.
With Lucas Leiva recently sidelined by a muscle problem, as the Metro reports, Milner would have been a certain starter for our first ever European meeting with United.
The 30-year-old, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can have been Klopp’s preferred midfield three, and the Echo adds that Milner will be given every chance to prove his fitness.
If Milner does not recover in time, Joe Allen is likely to deputise. The Welshman has never let Klopp down, but has only started three domestic cup matches since December.
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