What James Milner said when Jurgen Klopp asked him to play full back

‘I think it went over his head’: James Milner reveals his incredible response when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp first asked him to play at full back

  • James Milner was unimpressed when Klopp first asked him to play left back
  • Milner ended up playing 36 league games there during the 2016-17 season
  • He did not enjoy playing there however and has moved back into midfield 

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James Milner says he compared being asked to play full back to having to chose a lover for his wife, when Jurgen Klopp first proposed the switch at Liverpool.

Milner spent the majority of the 2016-17 season playing at left back for the Anfield club, despite not enjoying featuring out of position.

The midfielder revealed how he was less than impressed when Reds boss Klopp first broached the subject – but that his response fell on deaf ears.

James Milner compared being asked to play full back to having to chose a lover for his wife

James Milner compared being asked to play full back to having to chose a lover for his wife

Milner was not impressed when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked him to play left back

Milner was not impressed when Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked him to play left back

Milner told FourFourTwo: ‘I think the first time I had to play at left-back was at Manchester United in the Europa League.

‘Alberto Moreno was injured and the manager gave me a choice: did I want to play at left-back or right-back?

‘My answer was, “That’s like asking which one of these guys do you want to spend a night with your missus?!” His English wasn’t that good then, so I think it went over his head!’

Milner spent the majority of the 2016-17 season playing at left back for the Anfield club

Milner spent the majority of the 2016-17 season playing at left back for the Anfield club

Milner, known for his professionalism and versatility, impressed at left back throughout 2016-17, scoring seven goals and registering three assists. 

He played 36 Premier League games at left back that season, due to injuries to other players and Moreno’s loss of form. 

Andy Robertson has since impressed at full back, allowing Milner to return to the central midfield berth that he prefers. 

Last season he created nine assists in the Champions League as Liverpool reached the final, only to lose to Real Madrid. 


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