There’s little James Milner hasn’t seen or achieved in his 18-year career as a professional first-team footballer, but his hunger and desire to learn and help bring success to Liverpool hasn’t diminished one iota.
The vice-captain is in his sixth season with the Reds, during which time he’s played a fundamental role in putting the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and, of course, the Premier League title in the Anfield trophy cabinet.
Nevertheless, ahead of today’s Premier League meeting with Leicester City, Milner has outlined why he’s determined to continue to give Jürgen Klopp something to think about when it comes to team selection and do everything he can to add to the silverware collection.
He told Premier League Productions: “The day you don’t keep learning or have that hunger, and feel that anger every time you’re left out of the teamsheet to not play, I think it’s time to hang up your boots.
“You want to contribute as much as you can and play every minute of every game. That’s not going to happen, you’re well aware of that, but I want to make things as difficult for the manager as I can, to play as many minutes as I can and push the boys in training.
“When the manager needs me, at whatever point that is – whether it’s on the bench or from the start – I want to make as big an impact as I can and help the team be successful.”