Liverpool midfielder James Milner provides injury update

James Milner outside stadium

James Milner was absent from Liverpool’s defeat against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner hopes to be available for his side’s clash with Manchester City next weekend but says hamstring injuries are difficult to predict, the Daily Star report.

The England international picked up the injury last month and was absent for his side’s 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, before also pulling out of England’s trip to Spain.

Speaking to reporters about his condition, Milner says he is hopeful of a return next week, but is also wary of rushing his comeback and aggravating his hamstring issue further.

“It shouldn’t be too long and hopefully I’ll be back for the next game, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he was quoted as saying.

“You never like to put a timeframe on it because it’s a hamstring and they’re always difficult and a bit unpredictable, but hopefully I’ll be alright.”

Milner has been a superb addition for the Reds since joining from City over the summer on a free transfer.

Against Palace, his absence was duly noted as Jurgen Klopp’s men lacked energy through the middle, and the visitors ended up capitalising on the time and space afforded to them by a subdued Emre Can.

Milner, 29, has featured in 11 Premier League appearances to date and has contributed with one goal and three assists – a decent enough tally considering his new role in the team.

The Reds travel to the Etihad Stadium with a rather depleted squad and they will need their better players to be at the very top of their game if they harbour hopes of claiming a positive result against the league leaders.

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