James Milner left another lasting impression on the European stage on Tuesday as he starred in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
The Reds’ vice-captain continued his outstanding start to the new season with a formidable performance to help his side towards three points in their Champions League opener.
A typically rocking night at Anfield saw Milner play an instrumental role in thwarting one of the deadliest attacking trios in the game.
Besides dominating PSG’s own midfield trio, the 32-year-old proved a constant thorn in Neymar’s efforts to leave his mark on the game.
His crunching tackle on the Brazilian on the right-hand touchline typified his unflinching authority, with the visitors unable to match Liverpool’s physicality or intensity.
Milner has now been shortlisted for the Champions League Player of the Week award alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.
You can vote for Milner here.
The former Manchester City man’s penalty in the 36th minute retained his reliable reputation by making it 10 consecutive goals from the spot.
Messi is arguably the leading contender for the award on the back of his hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven, which included a stunning free-kick.
Pogba was on the scoresheet twice in United’s win over Young Boys, whilst Fekir produced a superb strike in Lyon’s surprise win over Manchester City.
Liverpool enjoyed plenty of success with individual honours in the competition last season, with Mohamed Salah being named Champions League Player of the Week on four occasions.