James Milner has been named at number 82 in The Guardian’s top-100 players of 2018, coming just ahead of Barcelona’s Gerard Pique.
The Reds’ vice-captain was the leading assist maker in the Champions League in 2017-18, beating Neymar’s record in the competition, and has started the 2018-19 season in good form despite being 32.
Milner comes ahead of the likes of Axel Witzel, who is having an excellent season with Borussia Dortmund, and former Liverpool transfer target Nabil Fekir, who remains in Lyon. 225 experts from 69 nations compiled the list.
Milner has done incredibly well to come so high given most of the rankings are based mostly on the World Cup, which he was not involved in.
Jordan Pickford, for instance, comes in at 65, with Harry Maguire 79th and Kieran Trippier 72nd.
The full list is being revealed throughout the week, with Mo Salah surely among those in the top-10 to be discovered on Friday.