Allardyce praises Liverpool's James Milner signing

James Milner

Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has praised James Milner after he joined Liverpool earlier this summer.

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT that he feels Liverpool have made a superb signing in the form of midfielder James Milner.

Milner was among the first of the new players drafted in by Brendan Rodgers at Anfield earlier this summer and Allardyce has explained that he finds it difficult to see a downside to the move.

Milner is a vastly experienced Premier League player and his longevity has been enabled because he takes care of himself and stays in a good condition as he looks to progress through his career.

“James Milner has proven over the years that he’s a fantastic professional with the contributions he makes,” he told talkSPORT.

“One of the key elements is that he rarely gets injured these days and it’s a massive bonus for a player if he’s skilful, if he’s reliable and if he’s talented and experienced, but also there week in and week out.”

Versatility the biggest benefit

He’s also a very versatile player and can play a number of different roles across defence and in midfield.

That provides his manager with more options in terms of how he wants to use him and for the situations where injuries or suspensions dictate a need for change.

He’s also a player who keeps his head down and works hard for the cause, which makes him reliable and that should see him get more chances under Rodgers while also improving his popularity and relationship with the club’s massive support base.

Hopefully he can be a key figure in guiding the side towards some success this season.

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