The Liverpool boss says he knew how big a club Leeds are thanks to their former midfielder.
Leeds United did themselves proud in the EFL Cup quarter-final tie with Liverpool at Anfield last night.
The Yorkshire club put in a fine performance and in the end they were very unfortunate to lose the game 2-0 against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
James Milner celebrates scoring for Leeds
It was a game that saw a former Leeds star get the chance to play against his old team yet again. James Milner, who is a boyhood Leeds fan and former player, came off the bench in the second-half to strong applause from the travelling fans.
In the Liverpool programme notes before the game the club’s enigmatic German boss confirmed that he knew all about Leeds United because of Milner.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp shakes hands with Leeds United manager Garry Monk
He stated, as reported by The Sun:
“Leeds are one of the ‘great teams’ of England I believe – big history, big support.
“I know this because James Milner always tells me, again and again and again.
“Millie [Milner] has told me great things about this club and this city – even when I do not ask him.”
Leeds United huddle up before the match
Milner is of course still fondly thought of at Leeds. He made his debut for the club aged 16 and spent eight years at the club in total.
He left for Newcastle United in 2004 after the club’s financial problems but Leeds fans certainly hope that one day the 30-year-old former England international might just return to Elland Road to wind down his impressive career.