There has been much talk about Liverpool’s attacking force this season, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants James Milner’s impact to be recognised, too.
The Liverpool vice-captain produced another fine display in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over West Ham at Anfield, as he continued his impressive form in midfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain claims that it is not just Milner’s defensive capablities and leadership qualities that deserve the plaudits – he also feels the England international’s offensive influence has been pivotal too.
“I think he’s been brilliant all season,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com. “Millie is one of those sort of players that is so honest and hard-working, he allows people around him to go and do the nice and pretty stuff.
“He is the workhorse and engine, but a lot of his technical ability and things he’s been doing have gone unnoticed. In games where we’ve maybe scored seven goals and the front three have scored maybe two or a hat-trick [he’s contributed to it].
“I even think Millie was playing left-back in a Champions League game and got three assists in the second half or something silly. That stuff goes unnoticed; his work in Porto, he played amazingly well in that game – really important going forward and set up some crucial goals. I saw his stats for his Champions League assists… it’s brilliant!
“For as much as we need him to be doing the leadership role, keeping everyone working in good formation and organised, I think a lot of his technical play and contribution to attacking play can go unnoticed sometimes – but within the team, we all notice it and we all know what he can do.
“He has been a massive player for a number of years at massive clubs; he’s won titles, so we need people like him in the squad. He’s been brilliant the last few weeks, but he’s been a massive part of the team since I got here and he’s a big character on and off the pitch for us, someone we definitely need.”
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