James Milner says he is now enjoying football and plays in his preferred midfield role with Liverpool
After spending the last season playing in at left-back role for the greater good of the team, Liverpool midfielder James Milner is now back to what he knows and loves: playing in the midfield.
According to Sky Sports, Milner scored seven goals in 40 appearances for the Reds last season despite being deployed in a defensive role for the majority of the campaign, with Liverpool struggling for numbers at the back.
When asked if he was happy to be back in his real position, Milner said: “Absolutely. Last season I was asked to do a job and I did that as well as I could.”
“I said at the time, I don’t enjoy playing there – I didn’t like it. But the team always comes first, and you do what is asked of you, that is always the case,” Milner says about the importance of the team over one person’s wishes.
The 31-year-old admitted he enjoys playing football again, and he’s ready to do everything in his power to make sure his side wins.
“I’ve definitely felt myself enjoying my football again in the midfield this year. Now I just want to get out there and contribute as much as I can to the side.”
As Sky Sports continues, Milner admits it has taken him a short while to get back up to full speed in midfield after spending last season as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back.
“I’ve played there in training but there is nothing like playing in games, so it might take the odd game to get fully up to being 100 per cent comfortable in there and making it feel like normal,” said humble Liverpool player.
The Reds recorded a comfortable 7-0 win over Maribor earlier this month and they are about to meet for the second time in Wednesday’s Champions League battle.
Milner will probably retain his place in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, but the English playmaker doesn’t want to take anything for granted ahead of The Reds’ CL fixture.
“I think it is about putting in a good performance and ultimately getting the three points, that is the most important thing,” he said.
The 31-year-old warned his side about the importance of a solid defense, one which Liverpool have been lacking this season.
“I’m sure they’re going to defend in numbers again and look to hit us on the break. We have to be solid at the back and when we’re attacking keep the door shut at the back.”
Milner believes the final result of their group could depend on goal difference, so his side can’t just sit back and relax because of their first dominant win over the Slovenian side.
“It could go down to goal difference, so it is important we stay focussed, put in a good performance and hopefully get a good result,” he concluded.