“It’s not James Milner FC” – Liverpool left-back credits Leeds’ standards for his attitude towards new position

“It’s not James Milner FC” – Liverpool left-back credits Leeds’ standards for his attitude towards new position

James Milner has been “very frustrated in training” after his move from central midfield, but is willing to put the needs of Liverpool ahead of his own.

Following an awful run of form for Alberto Moreno last term, Milner was drafted into the left-back role by Jurgen Klopp early this season.

The 31-year-old has largely taken to the position well, without many teething problems, as he reinforces the perception of him being an exceptional utility player through a strong attitude.

Milner himself suggests that his upbringing at Leeds United, where he progressed through the academy, implanted his hard-working values.

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Milner told the Daily Mail: “Yeah, I did [consider rejecting the new role]. When he first asked I thought of my options but I want to play as much as I can – and I want to play for this manager.

“I’ve been very frustrated in training, not being in the thick of the action, but I believe in doing things the right way and that means the team comes first.

“It’s not James Milner FC is it? It’s Liverpool FC. That’s the way I was brought up. When I came through at Leeds they were the standards set by [David] Batty, [Dominic] Matteo, [Mark] Viduka and [Alan] Smith. Great professionals.”

What are the key numbers behind Milner’s Premier League season?

55 – Milner has created more scoring chances (55, including three assists) than any other defender in the division.

7 – He has also netted seven goals, though each one has come from the penalty spot.

1 – Despite the switch to a new position, the former England international has committed only one defensive error, which didn’t lead to a goal.

James Milner has started more Premier League games (35) than every teammate bar Nathaniel Clyne (36) this term.