James Milner isn’t a big fan of squad rotation and wants to be in the team every single game!
This is according to Jurgen Klopp, who was discussing our victory over Red Star and the fact it showed what strength in depth he has available to him.
Milner was rested for the 4-0 victory, with Liverpool using Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum in a midfield double pivot instead.
We did outstandingly well, which looks like it may have worried our oldest player a little!
“I said it immediately in the dressing room: we could rest James Milner! He hates it actually!” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“But it’s really cool. It’s good. Of course, if we are 2-0 or 3-0 up maybe it’s a bit easier; we need that impact as well if the game is not decided. But the quality is obviously there. That’s good.
“For example, Alberto Moreno deserves it so much – it’s unbelievable how much he deserved these few minutes. That’s good. Tonight, it couldn’t be better.”
Milner began the season in jaw-dropping form, but has tailed off a little over the past month, which is understandable, considering his exploits in September especially.
The 32-year-old is arguably our fittest player, but puts in so many miles each game it’s bound to eventually take its toll.
We think Milner still has a huge role to play. We have both the Premier League and Champions League to battle over the winter months and he’ll be required on multiple occasions.
Milner fits best into our 4-3-3 formation, so might not be selected when the boss chooses the 4-2-3-1 he went with on Wednesday night.
But you can be sure Milner will be in the side against Arsenal on November 3rd for the trip to the Emirates.