Gary Lineker apologised to James Milner after being wrong about Liverpool star

Milner has passed the 250-appearance landmark for Liverpool


Milner has clocked up 258 first-team appearances for the Reds – whom he joined several months before Jurgen Klopp’s appointment in 2015 – with his versatility a key asset.

Capped 61 times by England, Milner can play in multiple positions including both full-back roles in addition to his range across the midfield.

Yet despite the versatile Milner’s long and successful career, his skillset was not as obvious to Lineker as it was to Reds boss Klopp.

Indeed, the presenter took to his social media on several occasions to question Milner’s importance at Anfield and why he was so well loved by his various managers.

Back in March 2016, Lineker tweeted, “His managers seem to love James Milner. Clearly he can play anywhere across midfield, but remain unconvinced personally.”

Lineker’s querying of Milner’s talents continued and later than year, as England were preparing for Euro 2016, he once again questioned his prominence.

The former England striker said of Milner: “The answer always seems to be James Milner. Still trying to work out the question.”

Lineker has since come round to accept his misjudgement of the player and has even gone on to express his regret directly to Milner.

Lineker said: “I actually apologised to him on air.

“A few years ago I tweeted something. He always played in different positions and I did a tweet along the lines of ‘I don’t really know what James Milner is’.

“I was wrong, because actually what he is is an unbelievably brilliant professional who will play anywhere for you. I apologised and he took it with great spirit”.

Milner has made a grand total of 569 Premier League appearances over his 19-year career in the division with 180 of them coming for Liverpool – for whom he has played eight times this campaign.