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.
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.