Michael Owen names Liverpool FC’s unsung hero under Jurgen Klopp
The Liverpool FC legend names James Milner as Jurgen Klopp's unsung hero
Michael Owen believes James Milner has established himself as Liverpool FC’s unsung hero.
The England international has played an important role in the Reds team since Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move to La Liga giants FC Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Milner forged an impressive midfield partnership alongside English duo Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
The 32-year-old was particularly impressive in Liverpool FC’s 5-2 win against AS Roma before he conceded a late penalty due to a dubious handball.
Milner has made three assists in 31 games in the Premier League this season, while the veteran midfielder has made a staggering eight assists in nine Champions League outings.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen heaped praise on Milner for his brilliant performances in the Reds’ second full season under ex-Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp.
“James Milner has provided eight assists in the competition so far this season – that is the joint-most ever in the tournament since the new format was introduced in 2003/04,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The player Milner shares the record with is non-other than Neymar by the way.
“Gareth Southgate is reported to have tried to tempt Milner out of international retirement when he took over from Sam Allardyce – is it time to give him another ring?”
Milner moved to Liverpool FC in a free transfer from Premier League rivals Manchester City in the 2015 summer transfer window.
The retired England international has been touted with a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.
Liverpool FC are on course to finish in the Premier League in successive seasons under the German head coach.