Liverpool demolished Pellegrini’s West Ham in their opening Premier League fixture on Sunday. And as the eyes of the Kop were on the debutants Alisson and Keita, James Milner ran the show at Anfield. The man of the match on Sunday, donning an eye-catching headband stole everybody’s thunder. The 32-year-old veteran’s all-action display was a masterclass in both attacking and defensive midfield play. With that display, he showed Klopp, the fans, and the world that he is a fighter and he won’t be letting go of the midfield spot easily. Forcing the likes of Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho and even Keita to play to their absolute best to keep their place in the starting eleven.
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Milner’s 122 touches in the match led all the players on the pitch. And his passing accuracy of 91.3% showed how well the former England international used the ball. Not only was the Liverpool man’s passing accurate, but it was also inventive and incisive. Milner registered a single assist against West Ham, but it could have been more as he, in fact, played 3 key passes – more than anyone else on the pitch – throughout the 90 minutes. He also peppered deliveries into the box, making successful contact with 3 of his 7 crosses. Again, he led all players in this department.
Premier League assists. 👥
James Milner – 79
David Silva – 75
Paul Scholes – 55
Mesut Ozil – 50
Juan Mata – 49
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Apart from his attacking display, Millie was also very proficient at the back as he so often is. He won tackles, areal duals and was always well positioned while defending. So reliable was Milner on the day, the Hammers only managed to dispossess him once. Compared to the four times they wrestled the ball away from Salah, and the three occasions they were able to force a turnover from Wijnaldum All in all, it was a tremendous performance from the veteran and a reminder, if it were needed, that he still has what it takes to have a big impact at the highest level. In the midst of far more famed and illustrious stars, Milner consistently finds a way to shine and his versatility makes him a huge asset to Klopp’s Liverpool.
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