James Milner providing the experience Liverpool need in Jordan Henderson’s absence

The versatile James Milner deputised for Andy Robertson on the left of the defence against AFC Bournemouth, and showed that he is as reliable as ever.

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Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield to get over their recent blip in results. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané provided the goals as their side took one step closer to the Premier League trophy.

The Reds have struggled recently with form, losing back-to-back games against Watford and Chelsea, but they managed to pick up all three points against the south coast side.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mané scored the goals but it was James Milner who showed resilience and experience throughout the 90 minutes — earning the man of the match award in the process.

It was the No.7’s first start in the Premier League since the 2-0 win at home to Sheffield United at the beginning of the New Year.

Here, the veteran midfielder deputised at left-back with Andy Robertson left out as a precaution to try to ensure his fitness for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Atlético Madrid.


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Milner consistently played as Liverpool’s left-back throughout the 2016/17 campaign so knows the position well and he was excellent defensively against the Cherries.

He completed two tackles and won seven duels throughout the 90 minutes. He also made one interception, six recoveries and cleared the ball four times — including a goal line clearance to deny Ryan Fraser an equaliser.

Overall, James Milner put in an outstanding shift on the left side. The vice-captain stepped up and performed when called upon. There’s no wonder as to why Klopp labelled him as ‘Mr Professional’.