It's not just when he's lining up for action that James Milner makes a telling contribution for Liverpool, with Georginio Wijnaldum explaining why he'd describe his teammate as 'a manager in the form of a player' within the dressing room.
The 33-year-old has made 26 appearances for the Reds so far in 2018-19, operating in several different positions within defence and midfield with trademark aplomb.
Liverpool will be without Milner for their next outing against Leicester City next week due to the red card he received during the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday.
However, Wijnaldum has offered an insight into the role the vice-captain plays off the pitch even when he’s not involved – and believes it is equally as important to the fortunes of the team as his performances on the field.
The Netherlands midfielder told Premier League Productions: “It’s not only his quality that he has shown this season but also the way he treats everyone, the way he tries to help the team; even if he’s not training or playing, he always tries to help the team stay sharp and be aware of everything that can happen. He is a manager in the form of a player!
“He was quite unlucky when he got injured [in December] but even then before games he came into the dressing room and spoke with the players, trying to keep them sharp.
“So he was always involved, even when he was not in the 18. He was still part of the team. He would try to help the players on training days and everything.
“He has a big impact on how we perform right now.”
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Jurgen Klopp says Ben Woodburn will only be allowed to move on loan again if he is guaranteed first-team football.
Woodburn returned to Liverpool for treatment on an injured ankle last month before the 19-year-old's season-long loan at Sheffield United was cut short. He had made just eight appearances for the Blades.
He has returned to full fitness and was part of Liverpool's travelling party that have just returned from a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
Klopp told Liverpool's website: "Ben Woodburn is an outstanding talent, still pretty much a kid, and I am happy to see him here, running around, completely fit and really settled in the squad.0:51 Jamie Carragher has hailed Trent Alexander-Arnold's new long-term contract with Liverpool as brilliant news for the Premier League leaders Jamie Carragher has hailed Trent Alexander-Arnold's new long-term contract with Liverpool as brilliant news for the Premier League leaders
"In the summer, I think he lost a bit of patience and it was really long he was already with us," Klopp added.
"The first-team situation didn't really change and then you maybe - and it's normal and can happen - lose patience.
"Then you have a rather average experience at another club and you come back and see here everything is still like it was before.1:26 Pep Guardiola has praised Liverpool for their season so far but says his team will aim to stay as close as possible to the leaders Pep Guardiola has praised Liverpool for their season so far but says his team will aim to stay as close as possible to the leaders
"Now he trained [on Friday] for the first time so I think if something happens with a loan, then it will happen at the end of the week.
"We will really try to give him as many sessions as possible so if he goes somewhere, he is really in a good situation."Play Super 6
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