James Milner admits he considered his Liverpool future after Jurgen Klopp asked him to play out of position as a left-back.
James Milner has become Liverpool’s ultimate utility player. Even at 34 he is highly valued and signed a new contract at the club back in December.
If Jurgen Klopp has needed a winger he has called on Milner, likewise a midfielder, and similarly when the Liverpool boss needed a left-back.
Milner has no problem being the utility man for Klopp but admits when asked to play as a left-back it almost brought an abrupt end to his Anfield career.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:
“It was what the manager needed at the time.”
“There’s always going to be positions you prefer but you do what’s needed for the team.”
“I suppose at that point I could have turned around and said, ‘No I don’t want to do that, I want to leave’.”
“He came to ask me to do it in pre-season and my mindset was, ‘OK, how can I be the best I can be in that position?’ and I started to learn the role.”
“A few of the boys were a bit surprised when we set up at pre-season training the next day and I was at left-back, but that was part of the fun.”
While he thought about leaving, he knew he was part of something special at the club and stuck it out.
“Do you want to walk away from Liverpool and a manager of his caliber and not be part of something?”
“I did the job as best I could and the year after that I don’t know what was in his mind.”
“Maybe he thought, ‘Left-back, that’s him done,’ so it was a challenge to force my way back into the reckoning in midfield and I managed to do that.”
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