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Gary Lineker stunned by Liverpool’s ‘remarkable’ James Milner: ‘He defies belief’


James Milner can still perform at the highest level at 35-years-old (Picture: Getty Images)

Both Gary Lineker and Jermaine Jenas were full of praise for Liverpool veteran James Milner after he returned to the side and shone in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 35-year-old made his second Premier League appearance of the season, starting at right-back in the fairly comfortable victory over the Eagles which took the Reds to the top of the table.

The England international produced some remarkable stats, finishing the match as the most prolific player on the pitch in terms of touches, passes, crosses, tackles, distance covered and sprints.

At his age and in an unusual position to him, Lineker was stunned by how effective Milner still is in the top flight.

‘This guy just defies Father Time,’ Lineker said on Match of the Day on the BBC. ‘He defies belief. A remarkable professional and great player.’

James Milner turned in a physical performance against the Eagles (Picture: Getty Images)

Jenas added to the praise for the former Manchester City, Leeds United and Aston Villa man, noting how he kept Palace dangerman Wilfried Zaha remarkably quiet at Anfield.

‘It’s remarkable and testament to the way that he’s looked after himself that he can just come into these types of games and perform the way he does,’ said Jenas.

‘The quality that he provides from that right hand side, solid down that right hand side as well.

‘Zaha was brilliant last week against Spurs and he didn’t get a kick today. The way he adapts to playing left-back, right-back, midfield, it was seamless.’

The veteran was filling in at right-back due to illness for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Milner joked that the regular in that position pulled out late because he didn’t fancy facing Zaha.

‘Trent’s definitely going to get some ribbing for that!’ Milner told Liverpool’s official website. ‘A bit of Zaha-itis or something like that!

‘It was probably three, two-and-a-half hours before the game really. But that’s what we’re prepared for and the training is done so anyone is ready at any time. That’s my job when I’m needed.’


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