Jürgen Klopp: James Milner's attitude is outstanding.

Klopp hails midfield ace Milner.

Klopp says Milner's attitude is outstanding.

Jürgen Klopp says he is 'blessed' to manage James Milner and heaped praise on the Liverpool vice-captain.

The 33-year-old is going into his fifth campaign at Anfield following his move from Manchester City back in 2015, and the Reds boss has spoken about how key the midfield ace's influence is to the Liverpool squad.

“There have not been many,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana, when asked if he has ever worked with a player of Milner’s ilk before.

“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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