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Milner discusses adapting to Liverpool role that isn't like playing 'Sunday with your mates'

3:36 PM WAT 06/05/2017
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The experienced Premier League performer has seen his versatility put to good use by Jurgen Klopp this season and says he is happy to be involved

James Milner admits that he has not always enjoyed playing at left-back for Liverpool, having been thrown in at the deep end by Jurgen Klopp.

The vastly experienced former England international has filled various positions over the course of a distinguished career.

He has usually been used in a midfield role, with his greatest success enjoyed on the wings.

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The 31-year-old has, however, been asked to adapt his game again this season, forcing him to learn as he goes in order to cement a much sought-after place in the Reds team.

Milner told Sky Sports: "It’s the first time I’ve played it (left-back) in the Premier League and it’s not like getting to learn it on a Sunday with your mates.

"It’s a big change but I’ve always tried to learn throughout my career and I’ve played a lot of positions anyway, so it’s just trying to do the job as well as you can. But it’s about whatever is best for the team.

"Ultimately I just want to be out there playing games and contributing. I haven’t gone to [Klopp].

"He knows how I feel and asked me at the start of the season about my thoughts. I believe that once you’ve committed to something and made a decision you stick to it and do your best.

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"There have been times I haven’t enjoyed it and have been frustrated, but I’m enjoying being part of this squad, we’ve got a lot of great players and I think we can be successful. I want to be a part of that."

Milner has made 37 appearances in all competitions this season, with the 31-year-old a key figure in Klopp’s plans.

His next outing could come against Southampton on Sunday, with Liverpool looking to cement their standing inside the Premier League’s top four.