New Liverpool signing James Milner ranked third in the list of the Premier League’s hardest working players last season, covering an impressive 11.7km of ground per 90 minutes.
The 29-year-old started 18 league encounters for Manchester City, though in the majority of his appearances he was played out wide in a role he often lamented.
The Merseysiders are in need of bolstering their midfield ranks with Steven Gerrard’s leaving for MLS, and Milner’s tireless running will undoubtedly suit boss Brendan Rodgers’ high-pressing philosophy.
11.7 - Only George Boyd and Mathieu Flamini covered more ground per 90 minutes in the 2014/15 PL than James Milner (11.7km). Tireless.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 4, 2015
Arsenal’s French international midfielder started 15 Premier League matches for the Gunners last season, the majority coming at the beginning of the campaign.
Many Premier League observers cited the North Londoners’ lack of pressing as a big chink in their armour yet, as per Opta Stats, Flamini is shown to have incredible work-rate off the ball.
However, his lack of speed could have been a telling factor as Francis Coquelin soon emerged as Wenger’s first-choice defensive midfielder and subsequent results improved tenfold.