Jurgen Klopp singled James Milner out for special praise after Liverpool’s Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.
It was a comfortable evening for Liverpool at their League One opponents, as goals from Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever secured a 2-0 win.
Klopp made the most of the opportunity to rotate his squad, leading to a youthful lineup – but he was keen to point out that it was one of the more experienced players who held everything together.
“For 75 minutes we controlled the game,” he said. “But to be honest these games are there for the boys to show how good they are. The keeper making those kind of saves is absolutely brilliant.
“The team had a lack of rhythm and lack of experience, and the best player on the pitch had both of those – Milner.
“Milner is on fire. That’s the real role model for young players. If we could play every day, Millie would be like that every day.”
Another player Klopp was impressed with was teenager Harvey Elliott – who wasn’t even born when Milner made his professional debut.
“16 years old still and really good for us. Brilliant boy, wants to learn,” Klopp said of the youngster signed from Fulham this summer.