Players - James Milner

James Milner
Birthdate: 4 January 1986
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Other clubs: Leeds United (1996-2004), Swindon Town (loan, 2003), Newcastle United (2004-2008), Aston Villa (loan, 2005-2006), Aston Villa (transfer, 2008-2010), Manchester City (2010-2015)
Bought from: Manchester City
Signed for LFC: 01.07.2015
International debut: 12.08.2009 vs. Netherlands
International caps: 61/1 (6/0 at LFC) - 11.06.20167
Liverpool debut: 09.08.2015
Last appearance: 05.10.2019
Debut goal: 26.09.2015
Last goal: 05.10.2019
Contract expiry: 2020-06-30
Win ratio: 59.04% W:111 D:44 L:33
Games/goals ratio: 7.83
Honours: Champions League 2019
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 24 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 134 / 18
Total LFC games/goals: 188 / 24

Player Profile

It is one of football’s myths that top European players are only prepared to switch clubs if the new employer can offer Champions League football. Sometimes that new club’s history and traditions are really important too and that was proved when experienced England international James Milner agreed to join Liverpool in the summer of 2015 as soon as his Manchester City contract had expired at the end of June. Liverpool knew that they would be gaining the services of a ’model professional’ who has never made the headlines for the wrong reasons during a somewhat nomadic career so far.

James Philip Milner was born in a suburb of the Yorkshire city of Leeds so it wasn’t a surprise that his early promise as a footballer was recognised by his local club, Leeds United, because he joined their Academy when he was only ten years old. As well as making excellent progress with his club Milner was also called up to represent his country at two different age groups before he had signed his first professional contract. He was still a few weeks short of his 17th birthday when Terry Venables gave him his senior debut in an away match at West Ham United which the visitors won 4-3 with Milner coming on for Jason Wilcox a few minutes from time. Seventeen more Premier League appearances (and two goals) followed by the end of the season but only one of these was from the start.

Leeds, beset by off-the-field problems which caused financial meltdown, were relegated from the top division a year later, a season in which young Milner had a useful loan-spell with Swindon Town (6 appearances, 2 goals) as well as adding thirty Premier League matches to an already-impressive total for a teenager. Despite having signed a five-year contract with Leeds early in 2003 the midfielder agreed a deal of similar length with Newcastle United less than 18 months later. Although used mainly on the left by Leeds he found himself playing mostly on the right under the man who signed him for Newcastle, Bobby Robson, but Robson was succeeded by John Carver (caretaker-manager) and Graeme Souness before Milner had really got settled in the north-east. It was Souness who arranged for Milner to go on loan to Aston Villa in 2005, where he was reunited with a man he had worked under at Leeds, David O’Leary. Villa finished 5th from bottom in 2005/06 and Newcastle only finished marginally higher than that in the next two seasons on his return to St James' Park as Milner made 91 more Premier League appearances in those three seasons.

After playing the full 90 minutes in Newcastle’s opening two league fixtures of 2008/09 Milner returned to Villa Park, this time on a permanent deal with a four-year contract. Oddly, something similar happened just two years later because after playing in Villa’s opening fixture of 2010/11 he was on the move again, this time to Manchester City, and his City debut came in a comfortable 3-0 home win over Liverpool.

Milner has missed very few first-team matches for Manchester City in almost five seasons and for most of that time he has been a regular in the senior England squad as well. He is closing in on four hundred Premier League appearances and has scored a combined total of over fifty goals for the five English clubs he has played for. Throughout his career he has received acclaim not only for his prowess as a footballer but also for the way he conducts himself as a human being. He was immediately appointed vice captain and took on the mantle of Liverpool's penalty taker in 2015-16. a consistent performer, he was mainly used on the right of midfield and ended the season with 7 goals from 42 appearances. He was called up to England's Euro 2016 squad by Roy Hodgson but after playing just three minutes in the tournament retired from international football to concentrate on his club career.

For much of 2016-17 Milner was used as a left back and prior to the start of the following season there was some scoffing when Jurgen Klopp announced that he was a new midfield signing. He defied critics though and made a record breaking number of assists as Liverpool reached the Champions League final. 2018-19 was more of the same as he started 31 games in all competitions and came off the bench fourteen times, playing across the midfield and at full back. He was the preferred penalty taker when on the pitch, holding his nerve to score kicks at crucial stages of away games at Fulham and Cardiff as the season drew to a close. He also came off the bench after an hour of the Champions League final.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 134 4 10 40 0 188
2015-2016 28 1 4 12 0 45
2016-2017 36 0 4 0 0 40
2017-2018 32 2 0 13 0 47
2018-2019 31 1 1 12 0 45
2019-2020 7 0 1 3 0 11
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
11 Chelsea
11 Manchester City
10 Southampton
9 Tottenham
8 West Ham United
8 Everton
8 Stoke City
7 Manchester United
7 Leicester City
7 Arsenal
6 Watford
6 Bournemouth
6 Crystal Palace
5 WBA
5 Burnley
5 Newcastle United
4 Swansea City
4 Porto
3 Napoli
3 Brighton & Hove Albion
3 Sunderland
3 Huddersfield Town
3 Norwich City
3 Wolves
2 Middlesbrough
2 Aston Villa
2 Cardiff City
2 Hull City
2 Paris St Germain
2 Barcelona
2 Roma
2 Borussia Dortmund
2 Fulham
2 Bayern Munich
2 Hoffenheim
2 Rubin
2 Augsburg
2 Villarreal
2 Sevilla
2 NK Maribor
1 MK Dons
1 Bordeaux
1 Burton Albion
1 Salzburg
1 Carlisle United
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Spartak Moscow
1 Sion
1 Real Madrid
1 Sheffield United
1 Leeds United
Total Started/substitutions
144 Started
16 On the bench
44 Substitute
37 Substituted
Total Competition
134 England Premier League
27 Champions League
12 Europa League
10 League Cup
4 FA Cup
1 European Super Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 18 1 1 4 0 24
2015-2016 5 0 0 2 0 7
2016-2017 7 0 0 0 0 7
2017-2018 0 1 0 0 0 1
2018-2019 5 0 0 2 0 7
2019-2020 1 0 1 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 09.08.2015 Stoke City Britannia St. League
50 16.09.2016 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
100 21.11.2017 Sevilla Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium Europe
150 28.11.2018 Paris St Germain Parc des Princes Europe
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 2 26.09.2015 Aston Villa Anfield League
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Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Leeds United 2002-2003 England Premier League 18 2 22 2
Leeds United 2003-2004 England Premier League 30 3 32 3
Swindon Town 2003-2004 League 1 6 2 6 2
Newcastle United 2004-2005 England Premier League 25 1 44 2
Newcastle United 2005-2006 England Premier League 3 0 7 2
Aston Villa 2005-2006 England Premier League 27 1 33 3
Newcastle United 2006-2007 England Premier League 35 3 53 4
Newcastle United 2007-2008 England Premier League 29 2 32 3
Newcastle United 2008-2009 England Premier League 2 0 3 1
Aston Villa 2008-2009 England Premier League 36 3 43 6
Aston Villa 2009-2010 England Premier League 36 7 49 12
Aston Villa 2010-2011 England Premier League 1 1 1 1
Manchester City 2010-2011 England Premier League 32 0 41 1
Manchester City 2011-2012 England Premier League 26 3 36 3
Manchester City 2012-2013 England Premier League 26 4 36 4
Manchester City 2013-2014 England Premier League 31 1 44 2
Manchester City 2014-2015 England Premier League 32 5 45 8
Total 395 38 527 59