Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he’s “blessed” to have a player of James Milner’s calibre in his squad.

The 33-year-old midfielder is set to begin his fifth season at Anfield, with various reports claiming he will sign a contract extension in the coming weeks.

And his manager has paid tribute to his versatile vice-captain during Liverpool’s pre-season training in the USA.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 3: James Milner and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“There have not been many [like him],” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I was blessed to have a few players like this; Sebastian Kehl, for example, at Dortmund was a more experienced player in a very young team and was a leader in that team, like Millie is. And I think Millie improved his football a lot in the last two or three years as well.

“His attitude is outstanding. Millie is a sports guy, in each sport he is doing he is brilliant. Without Millie it wouldn’t have been possible. His kind of a little bit dirty dressing-room talks, I cannot do, these things you say in the dressing room that I am not allowed to say in public. That’s the last little kick and that’s nice.

“We have so many leaders in the team: Hendo of course, Millie of course, Gini, Virg, all these guys, they are in a different way all leaders. They know what to do and they will know it for a new season.

“Millie looks again in the pre-season like [he’s in] in his early 20s; but he isn’t, he knows that, and we try to respect that. But he is not only in the game not really stoppable, in training it’s the same. All good.”

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