Thursday 23 January 2020

James Milner just broke a UCL record that was held by Rooney and Neymar…

He’s certainly not boring.

Liverpool's James Milner during a Champions League semi-final against Roma
Liverpool's James Milner during a Champions League semi-final against Roma

By Max McLean, Press Association

James Milner has long been cast as the workhorse of the team during his excellent football career, but he’s just broken a record that might make fans think twice about his role.

The 32-year-old has won it all at domestic level, and with one foot in the Champions League final after Liverpool’s 5-2 win against Roma, the former England international would be able to say he was one of the big contributors should the Reds win the tournament.

That’s because he’s just set the assists record for the competition (under the current format introduced for 2003/04), and there are some big names in there too.

Milner’s ninth assist of the competition this season was a corner from which Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool’s fifth in an incredible first-leg tie.

Wayne Rooney managed eight in the 2013/14 season, while Neymar matched him with eight last year.

Furthermore, Milner’s assists come at a quicker rate than either England’s record goalscorer or Brazil’s star forward, at one every 78 minutes.

It might be a record that doesn’t last long, however. Teammate Firmino set up two of Mohamed Salah’s goals in the 5-2 win, leaving the Brazilian on seven for the season. Could either of them reach double figures?

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