BBC pundit slams James Milner... is he a major problem for Klopp?

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The Liverpool midfielder was poor before being sent off against Crystal Palace.

According to Match of the Day, Mark Lawrenson feels Liverpool midfielder James Milner 'lost the plot' against Crystal Palace.

Indeed, the pundit was critical of the 29-year-old, telling the BBC: "He lost the plot. He’s usually a 7/10. In many ways, that [red card] changed the game - and Liverpool went for it."

But the wider problem isn't that Milner lost the plot in one game. Lawrenson mentions the 29-year-old is a '7/10' every game... yet that will ultimately cost the Reds in the long term.

Milner is in such an important role and provides such a hub with the amount of distance he covers that Liverpool really need an 8 or 9 out of 10 from him every game.

In other words, Liverpool need good set-piece deliveries, killer passes and plenty of creativity. But working hard and running a lot simply doesn't give the Reds enough. Especially if they will be aiming much higher next season.

With all due respect, Liverpool already have Jordan Henderson for a worker with limited technical ability. On his day, Henderson can be superb - but, more often than not, he'll be a blunt engine for the Reds.

Liverpool don't need two blunt engines, although the major problem for Klopp is what a fan of Milner's he is and how much he intends to use him.

It wasn't a coincidence the Reds looked far more positive and attacking when the midfielder got sent off. If Liverpool continue to use Milner so often next season, it may severely limit them going forward.

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