Liverpool midfielder James Milner has insisted that he is not entertaining any thoughts about slowing down, adding that teammate Virgil van Dijk gives him “plenty of stick” for being one of the team’s oldest players.
Milner, 33, has been an important figure for Jurgen Klopp’s side since joining from Manchester City in 2015, showing his versatility on many on occasion.
That was plain to see in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk, when the Englishman started at right-back before switching to the opposite flank when Joe Gomez replaced Andy Robertson.
However, despite his age and the amount of work he gets through, Milner is consistently one of the most athletic members of the Liverpool squad and he told talkSPORT that he has no plans to slow down any time soon.
“To be honest I feel fine, I feel the same,” the midfielder said. “I’m waiting for that day when we do a session and I feel it a bit harder than the boys.
“It’s always nice when I’m asking the young lads if I’m finding a hard session tough and they’re agreeing with me. I don’t know, they might be doing that just to make me feel better!”
Milner also revealed how Van Dijk leads the rest of the squad with jokes about his age, saying: “Virgil gives me plenty of stick – that’s what one of the celebrations last season was about [his ‘old man’ celebration after scoring against Cardiff back in April].
“He’s always joking. When there’s Premiership Years or a game in black and white on the TV in the treatment room, he’ll say, ‘Milly, what number are you?’
“It’s good fun, but I feel really good at the moment. I feel no different to how I have been. I’ll keep working hard, keep pushing and keep contributing as long as I can.”
Liverpool face Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday looking to continue their solid start to the Premier League season, having dropped only two points in the opening nine games.