Paul Merson names Liverpool FC star who makes ‘big difference’ to Jurgen Klopp

The Arsenal legend highlights James Milner's importance to Liverpool FC

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson believes Liverpool FC are more solid when James Milner is in their team.

The retired England international produced a brilliant performance alongside Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final last week.

The trio provided the Liverpool FC team with a platform to secure a commanding 3-0 lead in the first leg at Anfield following goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Former Manchester City midfielder Milner got the better of his rivals Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to prevent the Citizens from registering a shot on target on Merseyside.

Liverpool FC signed Milner in a free transfer from Manchester City in the 2015 summer transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

The German head coach has placed his faith in Milner despite the ex-Leeds man being something of an unsung hero in the Liverpool FC team.

But Arsenal legend Merson was keen to highlight the 31-year-old’s valuable contribution to the Liverpool FC side.

“Milner makes a difference,” Merson told Sky Sports. “When he is in the team, he is more of a solid team. He has been around a long time. He knows when to drop off.”

Klopp used Milner in an unorthodox left-back role throughout the 2016-17 due to Alberto Moreno’s erratic performances in the full-back role.

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table but level on points with Tottenham Hotspur.

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