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James Milner | Midfielder | #7

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 154

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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. Nov 4 - 8:12 AM
Source: Metro

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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.
Nov 1 - 6:23 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
Sep 21 - 7:27 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
Aug 27 - 9:37 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.
Aug 17 - 8:22 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."
Aug 7 - 5:01 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.
Aug 6 - 6:23 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.
Jun 2 - 3:23 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
Apr 14 - 8:18 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.
Mar 6 - 10:42 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
Mar 2 - 5:16 PM

James Milner will miss Liverpool's trip to Watford on Sunday with a calf issue and according to Jurgen Klopp, the midfielder has no timetable for return.

Liverpool have a tricky match against the Hornets and the absence of Milner will certainly be a blow. While not given much praise in fantasy circles, the veteran has been a consistent presence in the side. Lucky for the Reds, the issue comes at a time where Jordan Henderson is back fit and starting. They have a couple of options in Lucas and Joe Allen to fill in Milner's role, playing behind the attacking midfielders.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Liverpool weren't quite the attacking juggernauts who ripped apart Manchester City last week, but sound defending and a James Milner goal secured them three more points in a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

The Reds will take it any way they can get it as they move to sixth position in the league table. They certainly missed the creativity of Philippe Coutinho but they got a fine performance from Jordan Ibe in a spot start. Ibe nearly scored in the sixth minute but Swansea were able to clear it off the post to keep it 0-0. Then, in the 63rd minute, Ibe sent a cross that was handled by Neil Taylor, awarding Liverpool a penalty. Milner made it look clinical. The Swans fought harder from then on but couldn't equalize. Jordan Henderson made his long-awaited return from injury as a substitute and Daniel Sturridge made a cameo as well.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:20:00 PM

James Milner and Jordan Ibe have been passed fit for Liverpool ahead of a tough test against Manchester City at the Emirates in the late feature match tomorrow.

Milner is the likelier of the pair to crack Jurgen Klopp's XI for the trip to the Etihad, where the midfielder last plied his trade. His versatility could see him in the double pivot behind the attacking three or pushed a bit further. That may hinge on whether Klopp puts his trust in starting Roberto Firmino in the attack, to join in with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho. Ibe will likely serve as a bench option.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 10:04:00 AM

James Milner is expected to miss Sundays’ clash against Crystal Palace as well as the upcoming England internationals versus Spain and France due to a hamstring problem.

Milner was involved in Thursdays’ Europa League tie in Rubin Kazan but the 29-year-old was replaced on the hour. Originally thought to be tactical switch, the Sunday Express now reveal his withdrawal was because of injury. Details on the extent of the strain are not yet known although Milner will have two weeks to recover before Liverpool travel to The Etihad. His absence is likely to hand either Joe Allen or Jordon Ibe an opportunity at Anfield today in what could be Jürgen Klopps’ only change from the side which won at Stamford Bridge.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 08:29:00 AM