Former Liverpool forward Neil Mellor has labelled James Milner a “warrior” after his performance in their 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday’s Premier League encounter
Milner captained the side, in the place of Jordan Henderson, and produced a resilient performance throughout the entire match. The 32 year-old contested nine tackles, which was three times that of any of his teammates, and won eight of them. Milner also had 125 touches overall of the ball and attempted 100 passes.
“There were a lot of candidates and it’s hard to pick one. But I thought James Milner was absolutely outstanding. It was a captain’s performance,” said Mellor on LFCTV’s Premier League Review Show.
“Very early on in the game he got a whack and it was a sore one, he almost went over on his ankle. It was a strong challenge from [Pablo] Zabaleta, his old teammate at City. But his reaction just typified the sort of player he is.
“He is a warrior out there – I think that’s a good word to describe James.
“He will keep going. He’s a team player. He’ll work tirelessly hard whatever position he is in. He’ll do the simple things really well. One thing about James is that he’ll never let you down. He reads the game extremely well.
“The front three get the headlines because of scoring goals, but James does things which you almost don’t notice. But he does it so effectively and so consistently.
“He must have covered every blade of grass at Anfield and again was the player for Liverpool who ran the furthest – over 12 kilometres.
“With his contribution, his influence, his reactions – for me, yes, [Andy] Robertson was outstanding and the goalscorers were outstanding, but James Milner with his all-round contribution throughout the game stood out more than anyone.”