James Milner better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for Liverpool pal

Forget Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and even Luka Modric. Gini Wijnaldum says James Milner is the best in the world.

Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum reckons there is no more versatile footballer in the game than his 32-year-old Liverpool team-mate.

Wijnaldum said: “Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.

“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.

Let’s see Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi do a job for the team at left-back!
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“Wherever the boss puts him on the pitch, he will always be better than his opponent and will always do a great job for the team. That is an amazing quality.

“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”

Milner has enjoyed a new lease of life under Jurgen Klopp since moving to Anfield on a free transfer when his contract at Manchester City expired three years ago. His versatility counted against him at the Etihad, and Milner insisted he moved to Merseyside to play in his favoured central midfield role.

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He is the man Klopp turns to in an emergency — but is getting regular football in the team.

Wijnaldum said: “Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.

“I have to be honest, I can have a right hump when I have to play in a position where I don’t want to play. Five years ago, I could not have played in a holding midfielder role.”

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