Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has written on Twitter that he remains unconvinced by Liverpool player James Milner following his dismissal in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
The Reds signed the England international on a free transfer this summer and made the promise to play him in his favoured position, through the middle rather than out on the wing.
Milner has starred as a central midfielder in the past and you would struggle to hear any professional top level manager say a bad word about him, both concerning his ability and desire to succeed.
Lineker, however, remains unconvinced of Milner’s ability as an all-round midfielder, writing on Twitter moments after his second-half dismissal.
His managers seem to love James Milner. Clearly he can play anywhere across midfield, but remain unconvinced personally.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 6, 2016
Milner is an energetic midfielder who covers well, tracks back and can make an impact in the final third.
His biggest downfall, however, is that he is very much a jack of all trades type midfielder but fails to specialise in one particular area, meaning that he will always struggle on the very top stage.
Against Palace, he was deservedly sent off after a mis-timed tackle resulted in a second yellow.
With Liverpool trailing 1-0 at that point, many expected the Eagles to go on to win comfortably but Jurgen Klopp’s men fought back brilliantly and played their best football with 10 men.
Roberto Firmino's goal and Christian Benteke’s 94th-minute penalty earned the visitors all three points.