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Milner discusses adapting to Liverpool role that isn't like playing 'Sunday with your mates'

Goal.com logo Goal.com 06-05-2017

James Milner admits that he has not always enjoyed playing at left-back for Liverpool, having been thrown in at the deep end by Jurgen Klopp.

The vastly experienced former England international has filled various positions over the course of a distinguished career.

He has usually been used in a midfield role, with his greatest success enjoyed on the wings.

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The 31-year-old has, however, been asked to adapt his game again this season, forcing him to learn as he goes in order to cement a much sought-after place in the Reds team.

Milner told Sky Sports: "It’s the first time I’ve played it (left-back) in the Premier League and it’s not like getting to learn it on a Sunday with your mates.

"It’s a big change but I’ve always tried to learn throughout my career and I’ve played a lot of positions anyway, so it’s just trying to do the job as well as you can. But it’s about whatever is best for the team.

"Ultimately I just want to be out there playing games and contributing. I haven’t gone to [Klopp].

"He knows how I feel and asked me at the start of the season about my thoughts. I believe that once you’ve committed to something and made a decision you stick to it and do your best.

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"There have been times I haven’t enjoyed it and have been frustrated, but I’m enjoying being part of this squad, we’ve got a lot of great players and I think we can be successful. I want to be a part of that."

Milner has made 37 appearances in all competitions this season, with the 31-year-old a key figure in Klopp’s plans.

His next outing could come against Southampton on Sunday, with Liverpool looking to cement their standing inside the Premier League’s top four.

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