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‘James Milner is No.1 penalty taker’ – Klopp

Sun 27 December 2020 | 9:26

Liverpool manager Klopp praised James Milner, assigning him to take spot-kicks.

The Reds boss

Jurgen Klopp

has decided to assign

James Milner

to be

Liverpool

’s number one penalty taker and has put Mohamed Salah on back up.

Liverpool’s vice-captain Milner netted 19 goals from the spot, missing only two times. The 34-year-old has found the target from the spot in last year’s thumping 4-0 victory over

Leicester City

and Salah has been taking over recently.

Klopp has declared that Milner is the player he turns to on penalty occasions.

"

James Milner is No.1 penalty taker, but when James is not playing then it’s Mo. When Millie is on the pitch then he can decide,

" Klopp said.

"

How it is always, sometimes you don’t feel 1,000 per cent or you think, ‘He’s scored two already’ and this kind of stuff. That didn’t change, we didn’t speak about it for a long, long time.

"Most the time, probably Millie was not on the pitch but I think I remember at least once when Millie was on the pitch and gave it to Mo.

"For me, it is only important that the ball is in the back of the net after whichever player from my team shot the ball.

"Millie gave us a pretty impressive number of penalties he finished off and Mo as well. So, that’s for me both fine and that’s how it is in the moment, that’s how the decision is

." 

The only two clubs permitted to have supporters in their stadium during the ongoing pandemic are Liverpool and

Everton

. Notwithstanding being grateful for the fans, the Reds manager does not consider it an advantage going against

West Brom

on Sunday.

"

As a club, we have nothing to do with it. It’s not that we have any hand in the decision. It says something nice about the Liverpool people, probably. We had early mass testing four or five weeks ago, maybe longer than that. I am not a specialist, so I don’t know exactly how influential that was,

" Klopp said. 

"

How I said, I wish everybody could experience it. I don’t see it as a massive advantage, but it’s just nicer. I understand that everybody else wants to have in the best possible way and if we have 2,000 and nobody else has 100 or whatever then, yes, I can imagine people will talk about that.

"From my point of view, long may it continue that we can keep people in the stadium but with the new tier system, it doesn’t look very likely. There are still bigger problems out there and as long as the deciders allow us to bring people in, I think that’s a really good sign." 


source: SportMob