In the wake of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup win over Arsenal, James Milner took to Twitter to praise some of the side’s young talent for their contributions to Wednesday’s crucial victory.
The 33-year-old was glowing about the character that many of the side’s players showed in the 5-5 draw – that was eventually won by the home side on penalties. Milner was also candid in his post, taking ownership for his costly mistake that led to Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ goal in the second half.
Lots of Liverpool fans appreciated the Tweet, with the former England man coming in for most of the praise for his role as a club mentor:
How to learn a lot about young players:
??Have a penalty shootout at the Kop end
Some great performances last night – and some mistakes ? ???? – but unbelievable attitude and heart from this team ???#crowdunrealasalways ?#YNWA pic.twitter.com/UZNLirUhbk
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) October 31, 2019
Great performance & result. But they were playing alongside a Great Role Model & Mentor in yourself James! Keep up the good work! That winning mentality & refusal to lie down is running right through the Club! Must be the Ribena effect?
— ???Pete Allcock??? (@allcockp) October 31, 2019
You’re allowed one! Looked after those lads brilliantly last night, as always
— HelsBells (@HelenaHopk5) October 31, 2019
Some fans were loving Milner’s presence as the elder statesman amongst the youngsters:
Milner with our starting 11 yesterday pic.twitter.com/uq2U9jR26C
— NaijaLFC ??? ??? (@LFC_9ja) October 31, 2019
Best Penalty Taker Ever milly ????? pic.twitter.com/zsST8Z5MIB
— Mubaarak Maanka (@Maankinho19) October 31, 2019
Yesterday was like Milly & his 7 sons
— Siouzie Mar-Ro (@SiouzieMarRo) October 31, 2019
What we think?
What seems clear is that Milner stands as a shining example for any and all Liverpool prospects currently coming through the academy system, as an experienced member with 191 games to his name for the Reds, in which he has managed to help the Reds lift the Champions League trophy. They will surely all look up to him as a leader and as a perfect example of how a modern-day professional should behave.
Although, it also appears as if the feeling is very much mutual, judging by the lavish praise that Milner is dishing out to the emerging Liverpool talents.