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.
“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.”