You don’t have to be eagle-eyed to noticed that James Milner has started Movember ahead of schedule — and he’s now revealed which two Liverpool players inspired his new look.
Typically clean shaven, it’s taken Milner the 21st pre-season of his career for him to switch things up and don a fresh appearance, with the veteran midfielder now rocking a neatly-kept beard.
The 36-year-old extended his Liverpool contract in June for another year and he will be going into the new campaign with more than a bit of five o’clock shadow.
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Explaining his decision to put down the shaving foam, Milner says he’s grown out his beard, not for aesthetics, but because two of his Liverpool team-mates cajoled him into letting nature take its course.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “A couple of weeks ago we were in Singapore, we were in the treatment room having a bit of craic and Hendo and Robbo were on me and said, ‘Go on, you need to grow it.’
“I said, ‘Alright, why not? I’ll do it for banter.’ We’ll see where it goes. They’ve got a month of growth; we’re two weeks in so we’ll see where it goes from here. They’re in control of it, so if it’s no good it’s their fault!”
Milner has featured in every Liverpool pre-season so far, starting in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and most recently in the 1-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg.
Despite not always being in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI these days, the age-defying midfielder has explained his decision to extend his stay at Anfield.
He stated: “It’s an incredible football club; the support we get all over the world, the group of players and staff that I’m lucky enough to be working with every day, the size of the club, the success the club has had in the past and in the recent history since I’ve been at the club.
“It’s been great to be part of that. And obviously the drive is to go on and keep winning trophies and keep being successful.”