Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool FC star is like a manager

The Dutch star opens up about James Milner's positive influence on the Liverpool FC team

James Milner
James Milner (Photo: LFC TV / Screen grab)

Georginio Wijnaldum has credited James Milner with having a big impact on Liverpool FC’s performances, even when the veteran midfielder isn’t playing.

The former England international has become an important member of the Reds team over the past couple of seasons under Jurgen Klopp.

Milner has scored three goals and has made two assists in 19 games in the Premier League this season to help the Reds push for a first Premier League title.

The 33-year-old is set to miss Liverpool FC’s home clash against Leicester City at Anfield on Tuesday night due to suspension after his sending off in a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.

However, Wijnaldum explained how Milner manages to have a big impact on the Liverpool FC team even when the former Manchester City midfielder isn’t playing.

“It’s not only his quality that he has shown this season but also the way he treats everyone, the way he tries to help the team; even if he’s not training or playing, he always tries to help the team stay sharp and be aware of everything that can happen,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool FC’s website. “He is a manager in the form of a player!

“He was quite unlucky when he got injured [in December] but even then before games he came into the dressing room and spoke with the players, trying to keep them sharp.

“So he was always involved, even when he was not in the 18. He was still part of the team. He would try to help the players on training days and everything.

“He has a big impact on how we perform right now.”

Milner is the only member of the Liverpool FC squad to have previously won the Premier League title.

The English midfielder won the English top flight crown on two occasions with his former club Manchester City.

Indeed, Milner was part of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad that beat Liverpool FC to the Premier League crown in 2013-14.

The ex-Aston Villa star has netted 20 times in 158 games since his move to the Anfield side in a free transfer from Manchester City in 2015.

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