Denis Suarez names the Liverpool player he would always want in his team

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The Villarreal midfielder hailed the quality of Reds stand-in captain James Milner ahead of tonight's showdown at Anfield.

Villarreal midfielder Denis Suarez has told the Independent that he would always want to have his former Manchester City teammate and tonight's Liverpool opponent James Milner in his team because of his energy and attitude.

Suarez created the pivotal moment of the Europa League semi-final so far when he slid the ball across goal for Adrian Lopez to tap home the winner in injury time of the first leg in Spain last week.

He will line up against the Reds once more tonight as Villarreal look to stop the Reds reaching a first European final in nine years by avoiding a two-goal defeat.

The 22-year-old has previously played in England but made just two senior appearances, both in cup competitions, during two years at Manchester City as a teenager.

Though he spent most of his time at the Etihad training and playing with the reserve side, he witnessed first-hand the quality and dedication of Milner whilst at the club, and he told the Independent that the England international is a player he would always be desperate to have in his team.

Suarez said: "I don’t know if people rate him that highly in England but I saw him every day for two years and he ran more than anyone else, trained better than anyone else. I’d always want him in my team."

Milner has been a key figure for Liverpool in his first season on Merseyside since leaving City last summer, scoring seven goals in 42 appearances in all competitions and acting as a steady and influential senior figure in the side.

He will be hoping to inspire another European comeback tonight after the Reds' remarkable win over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final, with Klopp's side needing to win by two clear goals to progress, or in a penalty shootout after a 1-0 victory.

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