Milner has regularly featured at central midfield this season, but that hasn’t hidden the fact that he still possesses an excellent delivery from wide areas.
New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has kept the England international on set-piece duty, a decision which appears to be working as Milner consistently delivers inviting crosses into the box.
On Sunday, with the scores deadlocked at 0-0, Christian Benteke produced the game’s outstanding moment as he rose highest to plant home a header from Milner’s superb cross.
While it wasn’t enough to win the game, it proved how effective the Reds can be when they go direct.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Milner posted more accurate crosses than any other Premier League, and his assist for Benteke surely won’t be his last of the season.
Another standout performer at the weekend was Norwich City’s Matt Jarvis, a player who is beginning to thrive at his new club following a difficult, and frustrating spell at West Ham United.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man posted four accurate crosses, however his deliveries weren’t capitalised on by Norwich as they slumped to a narrow home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
With the Canaries chasing the game, it made sense for them to load the box and get the ball wide in order to break down the visitors. However, the Baggies are a tough nut to crack under boss Tony Pulis.
Still, Norwich could arguably feel a little hard done by on the day and Jarvis’s evident ability and threat from wide areas will present them with plenty of chances and subsequent goals as the season progresses.