James Milner’s picture should be on the walls of our Kirkby Academy as an example to all the young players of how to live.
He broke into Leeds United’s side aged 16, but at 32-years-old, he’s still Liverpool’s fittest player – averaging more distance per game than any of his younger team-mates.
This is because of his dedication to training and living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a well-know fact that he’s teetotal, but his diet and fitness regime is also perfect.
Dominic King of the Daily Mail explains just how much thought Milner puts into his preparation and into maximising his ability:
“Standards are important to him – Milner, Liverpool’s vice-captain, is the man who keeps on top of the fines system, set up by the players, if anyone is late – and an idea of how much a stickler he is for routine can be gauged in his pre-match routine,” he writes.
“If Liverpool have a home game, the squad are permitted to stay at home but Milner, without fail, will check into the city centre hotel they use at 7pm the night before to ensure he gets the best possible night’s sleep. He is in game mode from that point.”
Last term, Milner was used almost exclusively as a left-back, but due to the early season form of Alberto Moreno and the post-Christmas brilliance of Andrew Robertson, he’s well and truly regarded as a midfielder again now.
Until the end of the season, he’ll be completely vital, with Emre Can and Adam Lallana unlikely to be fit to offer any kind of meaningful contribution.
Luckily, we’re in good hands.