Premier League: Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on James Milner as he gets set for 500th Premier League game

Premier League: Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on James Milner as he gets set for 500th Premier League game

‘He’s a role model and a proper English professional… he deserves that number’: Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on James Milner as he gets set to make 500th Premier League appearance

  • James Milner will become the 13th player to reach 500 Premier League games
  • He will reach the landmark if he faces Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon
  • Jurgen Klopp says Milner’s attitude has been key to him playing so many games
  • Liverpool boss has also hailed the veteran’s ability to adapt to different roles 

Joe Strange for MailOnline

James Milner has been hailed as ‘a proper English professional’ by Jurgen Klopp as he gets set to join an illustrious list of players to have made 500 appearances in the Premier League.

The Liverpool midfielder will become only the 13th player to reach the landmark figure if he plays against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

And ahead of the game at the Vitality Stadium, Klopp has heaped praise on the veteran, who made his debut as a 16-year-old with Leeds back in 2002. 

James Milner is set to make his 500th Premier League appearance against Bournemouth

James Milner is set to make his 500th Premier League appearance against Bournemouth

James Milner is set to make his 500th Premier League appearance against Bournemouth

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Milner as he closes in on his landmark appearance

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Milner as he closes in on his landmark appearance

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Milner as he closes in on his landmark appearance

PREMIER LEAGUE’S 500 CLUB 
PlayerGames
Gareth Barry653
Ryan Giggs632
Frank Lampard609
David James572
Gary Speed535
Emile Heskey516
Mark Schwarzer514
Jamie Carragher508
Phil Neville505
Steven Gerrard504
Rio Ferdinand504
Sol Campbell503
James Milner499

‘He started early so that makes it possible to have 500,’ Klopp told Sky Sports News.

‘He’s a fantastic professional and that gives you the opportunity as well.

‘I think there are a few players who have had the same length of career but were not always available so Milly deserves that number.

‘It’s typical of him that he sets another standard for a lot of other players.

‘He’s so important, he’s a role model in the dressing room. A proper English professional.

‘He helps me a lot with his attitude and he is really smart. It’s just nice to have him around.

‘He’s played different positions for us and did always well, even if he didn’t like it. Fantastic player.’

Milner broke into the Premier League as a fresh faced 16-year-old at his first club, Leeds United

Milner broke into the Premier League as a fresh faced 16-year-old at his first club, Leeds United

Milner broke into the Premier League as a fresh faced 16-year-old at his first club, Leeds United

The former England midfielder scored Liverpool's equaliser against Burnley on Wednesday

The former England midfielder scored Liverpool's equaliser against Burnley on Wednesday

The former England midfielder scored Liverpool’s equaliser against Burnley on Wednesday

 




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