On this day in 1986, Liverpool vice-captain James Milner was born.
Signed on a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer of 2015, signing Milner proved to be a shrewd bit of business from Liverpool as the midfielder has proven to be a valuable asset to the Reds. Throughout his time at Liverpool, Milner has played in a number of positions, most recently being converted to left-back by manager Jürgen Klopp. While defence is not his given position, Milner has performed admirably since filling in for out-of-form Alberto Moreno, serving as a perfect professional, putting in a shift each week and proving himself as perhaps one of the Premier League’s most versatile players.
No stranger to finding the back of the net either, Milner has bagged 12 goals for the Red from 65 appearances across all competitions, 5 of which came in the Premier League in the first half of the 2016/17 season, the most scored by any defender in the league so far. Since joining, Milner has been a model professional and has proven himself to be an integral part of the Liverpool side that reached two cup finals in 2015/16 and has been performing so well in the 2016/17 campaign, and there will undoubtedly be much more to come from Liverpool’s all-rounder.