‘Best Left Back In The League’ Liverpool Fans React To Milner’s Performance On Saturday

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Liverpool continued their fine run of form with an impressive comeback 2-1 win over Swansea at the weekend, and in the aftermath of the win there has been a lot of love for this man..

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Milner has actually scored FOUR Premier League goals this season, all of which have come from the spot. He’s a very reliable penalty kick taker but his penalties have not been all that he has impressed with this season. The Englishman, traditionally a central midfielder, has been required to reinvent himself as a left-back after Jurgen Klopp surprisingly decided not to dip into the market for a new left-back. But so far, the German tactician’s decision appears to have been the right one.

Milner’s penalty on Saturday was not his only top contribution to the game. He was the WhoScored man of the match, narrowly edging ahead of Coutinho with a rating of 8.26. He played very well at left back and played a vital part in securing the three points for his team. Defensively he won 2 aerial duels, made 4 interceptions and 4 clearances. Perhaps most impressively he made three tackles too. All these stats show that defensively he was very important in Liverpool’s win – and considering he is naturally a midfielder and not a left back, it is very promising that his defensive statistics were so impressive.

Going forward he was also an asset, making two key passes and completing two dribbles in the match. His passing range and experience in midfield will always make him good on the ball and he showed that by attempting and completing 4 long balls. Crossing has always been a quality to Milner’s game and he was stunning in this area once again on Saturday, completing a huge 9 crosses.

Here’s some reaction from Liverpool fans on Twitter

With Klopp opting not to bring in a new left-back, it will be important for Milner to maintain his form for the whole season. His penalty efficiency is just a bonus, what is good is that he has adjusted and is excelling in the left back position. He offers a good balance between defence and attack and also has a huge amount of Premier League experience, something the Liverpool defence naturally lacks. He is a leader and a great role model for the young players at the club too and most importantly, the player appears to have a great working relationship with Klopp.