James Milner is hoping to keep up his impressive form for Liverpool in an attempt to convince Jurgen Klopp that he doesn’t need to purchase another left-back.
The former Leeds and Newcastle midfielder has been playing in a largely unfamiliar position at left-back for the Reds, replacing the out-of-form Alberto Moreno earlier in the campaign.
And Milner says it is down to him to impress Klopp enough to keep his spot in the starting line-up ahead of the January transfer window.
“It is down to me to make sure they don’t buy a left back,” he said.
“He (Klopp) doesn’t owe me anything. I am a Liverpool player, he is the manager, he picks the best team to win and it is my job to make sure that what is best for Liverpool is me.
“You read a lot about players not being honourable and loyal, but clubs are not loyal to players either. But we know what business it is.”
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The 30-year-old has helped Liverpool to second place in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw with Southampton at the weekend meant they lost top spot to Chelsea.
“Full-back is a position which changes massively depending on who the manager is. A left back now is different to a left back 10 years ago and that is why I have not studied anyone,” Milner continued.
“It would be pointless. And a left back for Jurgen Klopp is going to be playing a lot different to a left back for another manager.
“I would find it harder playing left back for another manager in another system because Jurgen likes his full backs to play, he wants his teams to be fluid.
“There are going to be times when I will end up in centre midfield and centre midfield will be covering me.”