James Milner always seems to get the thankless tasks on a football field. The Liverpool midfielder has made a career out of being the one hurtling around the centre of the park, putting his body on the line and generally getting very little credit in the process. Sometimes, however, he gets no credit because he doesn’t doe enough to justify it. This was the case in the Reds’ first half against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. The veteran campaigner spent most of the first half running around the engine room, making very little impact and generally looking a little off the pace. The former England international was asked to step up to the plate when captain Jordan Henderson went off injured early on, but after assuming the armband, he did very little to inspire his troops. It’s not that he played particularly poorly against the Bundesliga giants, but he did very little right either, and on a night when Liverpool need big performances across the board, the last thing they can afford is a magnolia display from their on pitch leader. Increasingly there seem to be questions asked of what Milner actually brings to this Liverpool side, and increasingly, it is difficult to come up with a decent answer.
Live 4 Liverpool have gathered some of the best tweets below:
— gary (@therealbenvo) March 13, 2019
Can barely get a touch midfield not in the game at all losing every challenge bypassed by passing and runners Milner invisible Gini still in the changing rooms and Henderson idiotic passing and injured Salah couldn't beat an egg so far Mane can't get a touch Firmino woeful
— Adam JFT96 YNWA (@AdnPaiLaynLFC) March 13, 2019
Just realised Milner is getting the armband ????
— ab. (@lxrdAB) March 13, 2019
God why couldn’t it have been Milner ffs
— ? (@lnsideWinger) March 13, 2019
Hendo why is it you that got hurt instead of Milner ???????????? #BAYLIV
— ???????????Thando (@thandolmm) March 13, 2019
Milner is not exactly inspiring out there. Hope I end up wrong but not looking good. #LFC
— Corey Booker's Imaginary friend T-Bone (@JeffreyReen) March 13, 2019
Milner so far out of his depth here
— Rob (@RN1LFC) March 13, 2019
If Messi played for #LFC Klopp would only start him 55% of the time for Milner.
— Jim Kaufman (@Jim_Kaufman) March 13, 2019
Can feel my fist getting closer and closer to smashing my tv screen into shreds every time Milner misplaces a pass
— ? ? (@lfcIeo) March 13, 2019