Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised”role model” James Milner afterwards he helped a youthful Liverpool side advance to the fourth round of this Carabao Cup.
Milner scored the opening goal as they won 2-0 away to Mk Dons about Wednesday to establish an alluring tie at home to Arsenal in the next round.
Harvey Elliott became the youngest player to start a competitive game for the Reds in 16 decades and 174 days old and twice struck the crossbar, but it was evergreen Milner that Klopp picked out as their primary performer.
”This guy is on fire,” Klopp replied when asked about the 33-year-old’s participation.
”This is how it is, it’s good. It really helps a lot and he’s a real role model for players. Every day, if we can play he would be like this every day – that is how it is.
”The team needed a lack of expertise and too little the player with the most experience and rhythm was the best player .
”We’re here to win the game, no other motive, so that I am rather glad we went through, that is cool.”
Curtis Jones (18) was man of the match along with Ki-Jana Hoever (17) scored Liverpool’s second goal but it was Elliott who made the plaudits from his supervisor.
”Sixteen years old and this sort of footballer, it is excellent for people,” added Klopp.
”[He’s ] a fantastic boy, takes the situation well, desires to learn and he will always be a particular player in moments but his general game that is really, really good.
”He was a bit unlucky otherwise he would have played, he is a good player but all of them are great.
”We don’t have any bad young players and that’s why it’s important we could give them these games and try to continue like this.”
Liverpool return to Premier League activity against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday before confronting Red Bull Salzburg in Anfield.