Milner admits he ‘didn’t like’ playing as emergency left-back

Date published: Wednesday 1st November 2017 10:05

James Milner says he is happy just contributing to the team effort at Liverpool but admits he “didn’t like” playing as left-back last season.

Due to injuries and the poor form of Alberto Moreno, the former England international was forced to take up an unfamiliar role on the left-side of defence.

However, Jurgen Klopp has reverted him back to his previous role in midfield this campaign and Milner is relishing being back in a more comfortable role.

“Last season I was asked to do a job and I did that as well as I could. I said at the time I didn’t enjoy playing (left back). I didn’t like it, but the team always comes first and you do what’s asked of you,” said Milner.

“I definitely found myself enjoying my football again in midfield this year. I just want to get out there and contribute as much as I can.

“It was very frustrating. Every player wants to play football and that is what I want to do.

“The manager picks the team and if isn’t happening you have to try to force your way in and when you do get the chance, try and take it.

“I played there in training, but there is nothing like playing in games. It might take the odd game to get up to being 100 per cent comfortable in there or make it feel like normal.

“I just enjoying being in there. Hopefully I can contribute and I just want to get onto the field and contribute.

“I’ve played the last three games and I have to stake a claim to that shirt. We have so many games and such a talented squad of players, there is going to be competition, changes, injuries, suspensions and things like that. But as an individual you just want to get that chance to perform and then it’s down to the manager to pick the team.

“At start of the season the manager pulled me in and said he was looking at me more in midfield, which I was obviously delighted with and then didn’t play too much after that.

“It’s down to me to force my way into the team. The manager has got to pick a team, he’s got a tough decision every time.

“Hopefully over the years of my career, I’ve done enough to get a chance.”

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