Liverpool midfielder James Milner told the club’s official website that he hopes he’s reaching a point in his career where he’s able to offer some guidance and advice to younger players.
The dust has long since settled on Milner becoming a Liverpool player and he’s explained that he’s looking to give a bit back to his new inexperienced teammates, after a very long career so far playing in the top flight of English football.
“I'm getting to that stage in my career as well where, hopefully, I can help the younger guys and people can learn off me as much as I've learned from the players I've played with,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“I've got to keep learning and be the best player I can be and look back at the end of my career and think I couldn't have given any more or be a better player.”
Rodgers will be encouraged
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be encouraged to see the player stepping forward and looking to show that extra level of responsibility.
It’s not something that he’s been asked to do, it’s simply an area where he feels he can offer some help to younger players looking to make an impression in the game.
It shows his leadership qualities and also takes the pressure away from other key figures at the club such as Jordan Henderson.
What can he offer advice on?
The beauty of Milner wanting to offer some advice is that he’s the ultimate utility man.
He’s covered a variety of different positions and will likely be used in a number of different roles by Brendan Rodgers.
He can help youngsters in all areas, bar the goalkeeper, because he’s got the experience of having played as a defence, a midfielder and as an attacking player during his career.