Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he would trust James Milner to take care of various aspects of his life over the rest of his players.
The 34-year-old is renowned for his level of professionalism on and off the pitch, invariably proving to be the fittest member of the Reds’ squad.
Klopp clearly values Milner greatly as a player, but he can also see his qualities as a person.
In an interview with talkSPORT, the Liverpool boss said he would pick Milner over any other Reds player when it came to helping him with moving house or babysitting:
I think James has lived the longest in the area, James knows everybody, James knows where to get the cheapest prices for everything.
James would probably organise it… in a MILLY-second.
I would probably go back to James Milner (for babysitting)! He could sort all the discipline and education that I’ve left open during the week.
It would be like a five-hour crash course, how to behave properly.
Yeah I think that’s probably right, he’d be great at that!
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While there is clearly a jokey aspect to Klopp’s comments, it is no surprise that Milner was the answer to both questions.
The former England midfielder is the definition of a safe pair of hands, doing everything in professional, unruffled fashion and getting results at the same time.
I actually think Milner could be an effective starter for Liverpool on Saturday, as Klopp’s men head to Everton.
The veteran will be well-rested after not having international duty to contend with, and his vast experience of derby matches playing for Leeds United, City and Liverpool stands him in good stead.