Liverpool keen on keeping hold of James Milner despite lack of game time

Klopp has assured Milner chances will come, even if the starting place he had last season is no longer guaranteed.

Alberto Moreno’s improved form, as well as the arrival of Andy Robertson, means the experiment as a left-back is over for Milner.

Back in his favoured midfield role he is competing with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum, while Adam Lallana will return next month and Philippe Coutinho has also played in a deeper position on occasion.

It is most likely Milner’s situation will be reviewed at the end of this campaign when it can be determined how much he will feature further ahead, especially when club record signing Naby Keita joins from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018.

Regardless of the length of a player’s contract, Klopp has spoken previously how feels he has an informal ‘one-year deal’ with the senior members of his squad, ensuring no-one of significance will be allowed to leave midway through a campaign. Milner demonstrated in midweek why he remains a pivotal figure in Liverpool’s squad.