'I feel good' - Liverpool star makes it clear he's got no plans to quit Anfield yet

Sam Preston March 31, 2021
'I feel good' - Liverpool star makes it clear he's got no plans to quit Anfield yet
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Liverpool midfielder James Milner says he feels as fit as he was ten years ago and has no plans to quit Anfield.

Milner told Liverpool’s official website that he is asked about his age but says he has no plans to retire.

It’s clear the same desire is still burning within the English midfielder, who is the club’s vice captain.

He has always been one of the fittest in the group and it’s clear that his advancing years haven’t changed that.

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“Will to win and the drive to be the best you can every day – I think when you lose that you need to retire pretty quick.

“I’m very competitive in everything; training, games – you want to win. Proving people wrong still, it has always been a big driver for me.

“Every interview you do now your age is brought up. I still feel fine in myself, so why not push for as long as you can? You’re a long time retired, so I want to keep going and keep pushing myself.”

“But so far I feel good, I still feel no different to what I did five, seven, eight, 10 years ago in terms of covering the distance in games and things like that. It’s no different. So, crack on.”

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Liverpool have had a slump since being crowned Premier League champions and they need characters like Milner to help pull them out of it.

Even if he isn’t playing every week, he sets the standards in terms of professionalism and fitness for others to get to.

It’s clear he has no plans to step aside any time soon and that should please Jurgen Klopp as he looks to go again next season and get the Premier League trophy back.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.