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James Milner | Midfielder | #7

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 154

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Liverpool were in need of three points to help secure a Champions League place but their attack was lacking a spark and a James Milner penalty kick was saved to tell the story of a frustrating 0-0 draw with Southampton.
Liverpool sit third in the table when the final whistle blew in this one, but both Manchester clubs are breathing down the neck of the Reds with enough games in hand to control their destinies. Southampton's defending frustrated Liverpool all afternoon, containing the Reds outside the box and forcing them to take their chances from distance. It appeared all would turn out well, when a penalty was awarded after Lucas sent a ball into the box and a Saints defender made contact with his arm. Milner, who had been a perfect seven for seven, stepped up and directed a low shot on target near the post, but Fraser Forster made a quality save to preserve the clean sheet. Daniel Sturridge came on as a substitute in the latter stages of the match and gave the Reds a bit more threat, but it nothing materialized. The Reds travel to West Ham next weekend before wrapping up their season at Anfield against Middlesbrough. May 7 - 10:41 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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James Milner converted a second-half penalty but Liverpool were unable to hold their lead and drew 1-1 with Manchester City at the Etihad.

Although there were plenty of chances, Liverpool were only able to take a point from their trip to Manchester. After a back and fourth first-half, Liverpool took the lead in the 51st minute when Milner scored his seventh goal of the season with a powerful penalty. His strike from the spot, courtesy of a Gael Clichy foul on Roberto Firmino, brought the match to life as Manchester City drew level through Sergio Aguero 19 minutes later. Despite KBD and Aguero going close and a golden missed chance by Adam Lallana, the final whistle blew with the sides level. The draw keeps Liverpool in fourth place, four points ahead of Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 19 - 2:38 PM

James Milner converted a penalty early but Liverpool struggled to create chances and will be happy with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

It is reasonable to think that Liverpool would be happy with the result. With Sadio Mane away at the African Cup of Nations, Philippe Coutinho just back from a long injury layoff and Nathaniel Clyne out the Reds were hardly at full strength. On the other side, Manchester United were both healthy and in great form. Jurgen Klopp's side didn't create a great deal but got a goal early but couldn't quite make it stand up.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Jürgen Klopp was taking no chances at Sunderland on Monday after replacing James Milner at half-time as a precaution.

The midfielder, come left-back did not appear for the second forty-five at the Stadium of Light after receiving a kick to his lower leg during a hard-fought opening on Wearside: "It felt like he got a knock on this calf, but he didn't know exactly," Klopp said. "So, we had to be really careful. That's why we changed him." Liverpool take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this weekend, but with a readymade replacement waiting in the wings, Klopp could rest the 31-year-old and pass full-back duties onto Alberto Moreno. Daniel Sturridge should be okay for Sunday, but again the Reds boss won't want to take any chances with his injury prone attacker: "He got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad." Jordan Henderson [heel] could return within 10 days but Sadio Mane will miss the next month, at least, after leaving for the African Cup of Nations.
Jan 4 - 12:40 PM

James Milner has been in training for Liverpool this week and looks to return against Watford this weekend after missing last weekend's win over Crystal Palace.

It was a tough break last weekend for fantasy managers that own Milner, as the versatile veteran was scratched on matchday with an illness, leaving little for owners to do about it. Alberto Moreno was given a chance to deputize but did not offer a contribution that would lead anyone to think Milner has lost his spot, as the Reds conceded twice to the Eagles. Expect Milner to return to left back against the Hornets.
Source: Metro
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 08:12:00 AM

James Milner was kept out of the squad for Liverpool's 2-4 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday as he dealt with an illness, allowing Alberto Moreno his first league start since the opening weekend.

While Liverpool have been defensively shaky, the versatile Milner has been a serviceable left back while Moreno proved so far in 2016 to be a liability. It has been a nice week for Moreno in that he started two matches, this one and the EFL Cup win over Tottenham, but he did little to convince Jurgen Klopp that he deserves a run in the side. Milner will likely slot back into his role next weekend against Watford.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 06:23:00 AM

James Milner is still providing plenty of production in many fantasy formats despite his reverese out-of-positioning at left back for Liverpool.

Normally the kiss of death for fantasy managers, Milner's switch from midfield to left back has not hurt his fantasy appeal. He is still the penalty taker for the Reds and has scored from the spot already this season. He also has an assist since his shift to left back, assisting six shots so far on the season while creating eight chances in total. Those who drafted Milner have to be pleased. He may not be getting full credit as a defender for clean sheets but he has found a home as a starter and is providing returns.
Source: Metro
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 07:27:00 AM

Liverpool's attack was dangerous for much of the match but they only could muster one goal courtesy of a James Milner spot kick and eventually settled for a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Sadio Mane returned to the XI for the Reds and his pace along with Philippe Coutinho's trickery gave Tottenham problems early and often. While Spurs struggled in their buildup play, Liverpool created chance after chance but Michel Vorm helped keep the match goalless until shortly before halftime. In the 43rd minute, Erik Lamela clipped Roberto Firmino in the box, awarding the Reds a penalty that was successfully converted by Milner. Liverpool looked more poised in the back, with Joel Matip getting his first start and Milner playing mistake-free as opposed to former starter Alberto Moreno. They will finally get to play their first game at Anfield in Wek 4 against Leicester.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 09:37:00 AM

James Milner is training in full this week ahead of Liverpool's trip to Turf Moor and the versatile veteran is thought to be lining up at left back against the Clarets.

This move solves two problems, at least for the time being. Alberto Moreno has begun this season where he left off last season, being a defensive liability. Klopp needs to find a replacement and, while there isn't really another natural left back in the senior team, James Milner is a very versatile player. It helps another problem in getting a player like him on the pitch, who plays a significant leadership role and helps in so many areas. Klopp has a very crowded front six and putting Milner at left back allows for an extra spot to open up farther up the pitch. It saps Milner's appeal in the FPL game, playing reverse out-of-position, but, he can still help in other formats and he appears to still be on spot kicks when playing.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 08:22:00 AM

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has officially retired from international football with England after this summer's European championships.

The decision was announced after a meeting with new England manager Sam Allardyce, which revealed the 30-year-old is not a part of the former Sunderland and West Ham coach's future plans. The former Manchester City midfielder ends his England career having made 61 appearances for his country, including this summer's round of 16 exit to Iceland in the first knockout match. Said Milner: "I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up."
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 05:01:00 AM

Liverpool cruised to an emphatic 4-0 win over Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, but the victory came at a cost, as injuries begin to mount at Anfield.

Pre-match, news broke confirming Daniel Sturridge had been omitted from the squad because of a "minor hip injury" which will keep the England striker out of Sunday’s final pre-season friendly against Mainz. His availability at the Emirates next weekend is currently unknown. Jürgen Klopp also admitted that an injury sustained by James Milner "doesn’t look too good" and the vice-captain will have further tests after limping off minutes before half-time: "We have no real idea what it is but it’s something with the heel and we have to do a scan and then we’ll know more." And finally, Dejan Lovren was seen limping through the media zone post-match. Although there has been no official mention of an injury, there will be growing concerns with Mamadou Sakho already ruled out of game week one and Joel Matip battling to overcome a painful foot complaint.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 06:23:00 PM

In a move that may well signal that he's going to start against Russia when Euro 2016 opens, James Milner has been handed a start in England's final friendly before the summer tournament.

Much of the England line-up seems set with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Joe Hart all highly likely to start. The remaining question for England is who would take the final spot and what that would say about how the Three Lions intended to play. A choice of Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge would mean all-out attack. Adam Lallana would be a slightly less daring choice but still firmly an attack-oriented choice. Instead, James Milner looks to be the odds on favorite for that final spot and one that will likely be depended on to stay disciplined and provide as much in defense as he might in attack.
Source: espnfc.com
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 03:23:00 PM

James Milner has had a very productive week so far, notching two assists in the win over Stoke on Sunday and two more assists in a wild 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund this evening.

While names like Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are typically the first to enter one's thinking when investing in Liverpool attacking players, Milner might be the wisest pick of all ahead of their double gameweek. He has a couple of key factors working in his favor - he is more heavily involved in set pieces now that Jordan Henderson is out with injury, with penalty duties thought to be a part of the equation, and he is far less likely to be rested in either match this gameweek in comparison to the other three big options. He is looking a great value at 6.5m and has the benefit of a home game against Newcastle the following week making him even more attractive.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 08:18:00 PM

James Milner made a rash challenge while on a yellow card and was sent off leaving his teammates with a difficult task that they ultimately accomplished.

Apparently wanting to show that Francis Coquelin isn't the only Premier League midfielder capable of horrible judgment while on a yellow card. James Milner was dispossessed by Wilfried Zaha and, in his frustration, tracked down the former Manchester United player and committed a terrible foul that saw him booked for a second time. As a result of the suspension, Milner will miss the March 20th trip to St. Mary's to meet Southampton.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 10:42:00 AM

James Milner played a part in each of Liverpool's first two goals as the Reds would go on to beat Manchester City 3-0, giving them some level of revenge for the loss against the same opponent just a few days ago in the Capital One Cup final.

It has been a consistently inconsistent season for the Reds in 2015/2016, but they are looking sharp in league play, outscoring their last two opponents, 9-0. Adam Lallana struck first from 30 yards away, which Milner gets credit for assisting, in the 34th minute. Seven minutes later, Roberto Firmino found Milner heading into the box and a nice first touch by the veteran set up a cool finish to make it 2-0. Lallana would then tee up Firmino in the 57th minute to put the match to bed, giving Milner, Lallana and Firmino a goal and an assist apiece. Philippe Coutinho was kept out of the starting lineup while Jon Flanagan made his first league start of the season. It's anyone's guess as to which version of the Reds will show up this weekend against Crystal Palace, but they certainly are racking up fantasy points all around lately.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 05:16:00 PM