If Liverpool are to win a long-awaited Premier League title this season, then they may well look back on their 2-1 win over Leicester City as a key moment in their season.
With 93 minutes on the clock, and with a draw against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes looking like a certainty, Sadio Mane went down in the box, and was subsequently awarded a penalty.
In situation, you need somebody with a calm head and plenty of know-how, and it fell to James Milner to step up and dispatch the ball from the spot, maintaining the Reds’ 100% record for the season and helping them to open up an eight point gap at the the top of the table.
And Milner’s heroics earned him plenty of praise from Alan Shearer.
Speaking to the Premier League after the game, the Newcastle United legend said: “He provided an assist with a brilliant pass to Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s opening goal against Leicester City.
“The veteran midfielder was ice-cool in sticking the penalty away right at the end too.”
Milner may not be the most eye-catching of talents, but you get the impression that he could prove to be absolutely vital for the Reds over the course of this season.
At 33, he is the old head in an exciting young squad, and the poise and self-assurance he showed to put away such a significant spot kick illustrated just how important his presence will be.
So far this term, he hasn’t been at his best, registering a Whoscored rating of 6.37, but prior to that he hasn’t dipped beneath 6.91 for the Reds.
His consistency and quality is invaluable, and he still has a lot to offer, even at his age.