Liverpool’s new signing Milner and Arsenal's Flamini among Premier League's hardest working players

James Milner

Liverpool’s new signing James Milner covered 11.7km per 90 minutes last season.

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.

Following the impending expiry of his contract at the Citizens, Milner has already agreed a deal with the Reds and will move to Anfield on July 1, subject to a medical, Sky Sports report.

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.

The England international, however, only ranks in third place over the course of the campaign, with Burnley’s George Boyd and surprising Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini taking the top two spots.

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.

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