Brendan Rodgers runs rule over Liverpool’s ‘top-class’ signing
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on match-winner James Milner after 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar
Brendan Rodgers hailed James Milner as a “top-class operator” after the midfielder scored Liverpool’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Brisbane Roar.
The England international netted a brilliant individual goal in the 75th minute in Brisbane on Thursday night after Adam Lallana had cancelled out Dimitri Petratos’s opener.
He’s a top-class operator and I think playing in this team and at Liverpool he’ll probably shine even more
Milner, who moved to Anfield from Manchester City on a free transfer this month, started Liverpool’s second pre-season friendly alongside newly-appointed Reds captain Jordan Henderson in midfield.
Speaking to the media after Liverpool’s slender win, Rodgers singled out his central-midfield pairing for special praise.
“He and Jordan Henderson could run to Adelaide!
“The work they put into a game, how they press, how they run, but also the quality. We wanted more goals from midfield and you see James, that was the idea because when he plays in a central area he can really penetrate the box.
“He got in a number of times, had a couple of shots that went close and then he got his goal. He’s a top-class operator and I think playing in this team and at Liverpool he’ll probably shine even more.”
Milner won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during a five-year stay at Etihad Stadium.
The 29-year-old England midfielder is one of six summer signings that Liverpool boss Rodgers has added to his squad.
The Reds have also signed Burnley striker Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Brazil international Roberto Firmino and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne.