James Milner reveals he NEVER watches Man City play, claiming it is a ‘waste of energy’ as the title race goes down to the wire – and Liverpool vice-captain admits he was ‘at the back of the queue’ in midfield when Jurgen Klopp first arrived
- James Milner is targeting his fourth Premier League title this season
- The ex-Man City star claimed two titles at the Etihad and woin one with Liverpool
- Yet he says he doesn’t watch his former team play despite the title run-in
- He added that he is very proud of fighting into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield plans
The two teams are neck-and-neck going into the final week of the season, with City three points ahead of quadruple-chasing Liverpool – who contest the FA Cup final today against Chelsea – with two games left.
But in an interview with The Athletic, the 36-year-old – who won two titles at the Etihad – insists he never watches Pep Guardiola’s team play and spoke in depth about fighting his way into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield plans at Anfield.
James Milner revealed he does not watch title rivals and former side Manchester City play
Milner is chasing a fourth league title having won two titles at City and one at Liverpool
‘I never, ever watch their games,’ he says. ‘It was the same when I was at City and it was going down to the wire.
‘You sit there, so tense, hoping, a waste of energy. I can’t do anything about it.’
Speaking about his first season or two under Klopp, he said: ‘I had a season at left-back.
‘Looking back now, I don’t know whether the manager thought I was going to be here or whether he thought I’d be phased out — I was probably at the back of the queue — but I managed to find my way back in.
Milner admitted he was probably at the ‘back of the queue’ in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield options
‘You have spells like that at every club, where it’s make-or-break. That’s a proud time for me because I managed to fight my way back into midfield and I’m still here now.’
Milner has played 22 times in the Premier League this season as the Reds target a second title in three years.
With Fabinho currently injured, Milner could deputise today at Wembley or at Southampton on Tuesday, as Klopp looks to manage his squad for the final few matches of the season.