Emre Can explains the effect James Milner has on Liverpool

James Milner

Milner signed from Manchester City in the summer and is one of Liverpool's more experienced squad members.

Emre Can has been explaining, in the official club magazine, the effect that James Milner has had on the Liverpool side.

Milner signed for the Reds from Manchester City on a free transfer over the summer and was appointed as the club's vice-captain. Having been picked for every one of the opening four games of the season, manager Brendan Rodgers clearly sees him as an integral part of his side. 

One man that seems to be benefiting from the 29-year-old's presence is Can, who is trying to establish himself in the middle of the park this season after playing much of his football for the Reds last term in defence. 

He told the official Liverpool magazine: "I haven't had too much experience of playing alongside him just yet but it is clear that he is a fighter, is very experienced and is capable of playing good football.

"I have already seen that he passes on what he knows to the younger players. He talks to us a lot and that can only help us.

"The experienced players need to pass on their knowledge to the young members of the squad so with Stevie [Gerrard] leaving at the end of last season it is definitely good to have another experienced player like James Milner here."

Milner still has some of his best years ahead of him, and even though he is yet to reach 30, he is one of the more experienced players the Reds' now have. He is also another player that has the experience of winning titles, a pedigree which the Liverpool squad has been lacking in recent years. 

It is still early days but he does seem to be one of the players trying to help others in the squad, especially fellow new signings, as Milner seems pretty clear about his role within the squad, as well as being the man tasked with the job of pulling the strings in the middle of the park. 

Can mentions Gerrard's exit in the comments above, and there needed to be some kind of replacement drafted in for the former skipper. Milner seems to be that man, but they are very big shoes to fill and he is a very different player to Gerrard, so it would be unfair to place the entire burden of expectation on one man as the rest of the squad also have to step up. 

But the comments from the German suggest that Milner could be one of the most important recruits the Reds have made this summer. 

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