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‘I have to’: James Milner shares what he always asks Jurgen Klopp during matches

James Milner reveals what he always asks Jurgen Klopp when he comes off the bench for Liverpool.

According to James Milner, he never knows for sure whatever position he will be playing for Liverpool.

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When he is substituted into a game, Milner told liverpoolfc.com that he always asks the Liverpool manager.

The 36-year-old stated, “I know my role this year won’t be playing every minute, but it’s fill that void when needed and where needed, make an impact, and do what you can.

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“I need to make sure I’m ready for that and it could be in a number of positions as well. It’s one of those, you’re coming on and then I have to ask what position I’m going on so it could be a few, but that’s what I’m ready for and something that I want to contribute as much as I can.”

It really is handy having a player as versatile as Milner in the squad. Not only can he fill in in a variety of positions, but his attitude at having to do so is exemplary.

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Perhaps he moans privately about having to play left or right-back quite so frequently. But in public, he couldn’t be more committed.

Milner doesn’t just fully commit with his words either, but in his performances on the pitch, too. How often do you come away from a Milner display at full-back with him as one of the top performers on the day?

Hopefully the veteran isn’t asked to play the position on Monday evening against Crystal Palace. He may be a capable and dependable full-back, but Wilfred Zaha has given him a torrid time once or twice.

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Thankfully, both Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold look to be fully fit and ready to go.

You can bet that if anything should happen to either of them though, Milner would be ready to step in and give it his all.

There are one or two who may feel that Milner is no longer needed at Liverpool. But just ask Jurgen Klopp what he thinks about his jack-of-all-trades.

Once The Reds can no longer count on his ability to fill in, maybe only then will some truly realise his value.

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