BBC Sport pundit names Liverpool FC star who can be relied upon in crisis
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks believes James Milner can be relied upon by Liverpool FC in a crisis
Jurgen Klopp can rely upon James Milner in a Liverpool FC crisis, BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has claimed.
The retired England international came off the bench to produce a mixed performance at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Sunday.
Milner replaced Adam Lallana to shore up the Liverpool FC midfield after Fulham threatened to cancel out Sadio Mane’s first-half goal.
The 33-year-old miscued a clearance led to Ryan Babel’s equaliser after his erratic attempt to clear the ball created confusion between Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk.
Mane won an 82nd-minute penalty when Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico brought down the Senegal forward inside his area.
And Milner, rather than Mohamed Salah, stepped up to take the winning penalty to secure three vital points in the title race for Liverpool FC.
The versatile midfielder has scored four goals and has made four assists in 25 games in the Premier League this season.
And BBC Sport pundit Crooks has now emphasised the importance of Milner to the Liverpool FC team.
“There is no doubt about it, Liverpool are not firing on all cylinders but they can call on certain players in a crisis and James Milner is one of those players,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“His introduction into the game minutes before the award of the spot kick was crucial. They were gifted a penalty and the one player unmoved by completing the task was Milner.
“It puts them top of the table prior to the international break and now Jurgen Klopp must hold his breath and pray his players return unharmed.”
The Reds are sitting in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City, having played one game more than their title rivals.
Liverpool FC will welcome Spurs to Anfield on Sunday 31 March.