Champions League assist king laughs off ‘workhorse’ tag

Date published: Monday 5th March 2018 2:30

James Milner is not surprised that he tops the Champions League assists chart because he does not deserve his ‘workhorse’ tag.

The Liverpool midfielder has six assists this season – putting him ahead of Dele Alli and Kevin De Bruyne on four – and will look to add to that total on Tuesday as Liverpool face Porto with the first leg ending 5-0 to the Merseysiders.

“There’s been a bit of banter about it,” said Milner. “It’s nice to have the record. I just want to contribute to the team. I’m seen as a bit of a work-horse but down the years I’ve created quite a few goals in my career.”

Milner is actually eighth on the all-time Premier League assists chart, ahead of Teddy Sheringham and Thirry Henry.

The Englishman is now 32 but claims he is as fit as ever, saying: “I feel good. We’ve got players coming back like Clyne so as a group we’re feeling good. I think you can see from the way we’re playing we’re feeling fresh.

“Me personally I feel good. I’ve played at this level a long time. The body gets used to it. The numbers I’m putting in during games is as good – if not better – than anyone else’s at times.”

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