Paul Merson: What I find strange about the Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp
The former Arsenal midfielder is surprised that James Milner is still playing at left-back in the Liverpool side
Paul Merson has admitted he is bemused that Jurgen Klopp is still playing James Milner as left-back in the Liverpool side.
The former England international replaced Alberto Moreno at full-back after the Spain international struggled during Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Arsenal in their opening Premier League of the 2016-17 season.
Milner has been utilised at left-back in 15 of Liverpool’s subsequent 16 games, even managing to score five goals in the Premier Legue campaign – all from the penalty spot.
Liverpool have conceded 20 times in 17 games in the Premier League season, although Loris Karius and his centre-halves have attracted criticism for their defensive record.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson questioned Klopp’s decision to stick with Milner at left-back.
“I find it strange that James Milner is playing at left-back as well. He’s a seven or eight out of 10 player every week but he’s being shoehorned in at left-back,” Merson told The Daily Star.
Liverpool signed Milner in a free transfer from Manchester City in the 2015 summer transfer window during Brendan Rodgers’ spell in charge of the Anfield outfit.
The Merseyside outfit are in second place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 17 games.