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Garth Crooks: This impressive Liverpool will always guarantee performance

Garth Crooks explains why he is a big fan of Liverpool midfielder James Milner

The Sport Review staff
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Garth Crooks says impressive James Milner will always guarantee Liverpool a good performance.

The England midfielder scored Liverpool’s fourth goal in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Not a bad person to have around the place if you’re a manager in need of some moral fibre in your dressing room

Garth Crooks

The Reds’s nine-goal thriller secured their first Premier League win of 2016 after failing to beat Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham United in their last three games.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Crooks heaped praise on the Liverpool vice-captain after Saturday’s dramatic win and hailed Milner as one of the best professionals in the game.

“James Milner was an impressive individual at Manchester City and he is proving to be just as inspiring at Liverpool,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“As far as professionals go they don’t come much better than him.”

Crooks continued: “In the craziest game of football I’ve seen in years, Milner played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s comeback to win 5-4 against Norwich. He missed a glorious opportunity to put Liverpool 2-0 up in the early stages of the fixture, but he never allowed the moment to interfere with his game.

“He seldom moans about the injustices on the field of play and you’re always guaranteed a performance. Not a bad person to have around the place if you’re a manager in need of some moral fibre in your dressing room.”

Milner joined Liverpool in a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

The England midfielder has scored three goals and has made five assists in 18 Premier League games so far this season for the Reds.

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Liverpool are in seventh place in the Premier League table following their 5-4 win at Norwich.

The Reds host Stoke City in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday night.

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