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Stunning stat sheds light on James Milner’s incredible longevity after the 36-year-old started alongside Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott in victory at Southampton


James Milner is not only one of the most experienced players in the Premier League, but also one of the fittest.

And a startling stat has highlighted the 36-year-old’s incredible longevity following Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday night, where he started alongside a Reds starlet 17 years his junior.

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Milner kept running, as usual, at St Mary’s on Tuesday

Stunning stat sheds light on James Milner’s incredible longevity after the 36-year-old started alongside Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott in victory at Southampton

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But, at 36, it felt a bit towards the end of the Reds’ victory!

Milner, who started in central midfield before moving to right-back due to injury to Joe Gomez, has been a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad over the past few years, occupying numerous positions .

This season he has made 37 appearances for the Reds which means he has now made almost 300 appearances for the Merseysiders.

His manager recently said that none of the successes and trophies they have won would have happened without Milner, while praising his incredible fitness.

When asked if he had met a fitter 36-year-old, Klopp replied: “No, but it would be interesting to watch Luka Modric – obviously a good generation!”

“It’s hard to be in better shape than Milly and she’s a role model.

“I told him and I can tell the whole world: nothing we would have achieved in recent years would have happened without James Milner, whether he was on the pitch or not.”

Stunning stat sheds light on James Milner’s incredible longevity after the 36-year-old started alongside Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott in victory at Southampton

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Elliott was superb for Liverpool against Southampton – and played alongside Milner, who is 17 years older than him

And one who undoubtedly admires Milner is 19-year-old Harvey Elliott, who started alongside Milner in midfield.

Remarkably, Milner made his Premier League debut for Leeds United before the youngster was even born!

A full 145 days before the former Fulham wonderkid had even taken his first breath, Milner came on for his boyhood club against West Ham United – making him the second-youngest player to play in the Premier League, at the time.

Many years later, Elliott edged out Milner when he became the Premier League’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 30 days when he made his debut at Craven Cottage, before signing for the Reds.

Milner is out of contract at the end of the current campaign but reports indicate he is set to get a one-year contract extension and stay at Anfield for another season.

Will this man ever stop playing football? !

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