Emre Can has labelled Liverpool team-mate James Milner “the best penalty taker I’ve ever seen”.
Milner’s performances for the Reds this season, where he has been converted into a makeshift left-back, have drawn widespread praise – and the player made it into our Combined Liverpool / Manchester United XI ahead of Monday Night Football’s clash.
However, it’s not just his displays which have Germany midfielder Can purring – it’s also the aplomb, focus and discpline with which Milner converts his spot-kicks too.
Milner has taken seven penalties in his Reds career so far – converting every one – including four this season.
And Can told the Liverpool Echo: “I’m young but I haven’t seen in any of my teams so far such a good penalty taker.
“In training, every ball is in the net. He’s a very, very good penalty taker – the best I have ever seen.”
Can on Milner the left-back
The Germany international has also been impressed by how vice-captain Milner has adjusted to life at left-back this term having spent most of his career in midfield.
“It has surprised a lot of people because it’s not easy to play at left-back from midfield,” Can said.
“But Millie did it very well and I think he has scored more goals than last year in this time.
“He’s a very important player for us. He has to keep going like that and the team has to keep going like that.”