Gary Lineker reveals he personally apologised to James Milner as he admits he was WRONG about the Liverpool midfielder after claiming he ‘remained unconvinced’ in 2016
- Liverpool midfielder James Milner is the longest-serving Premier League player
- But Gary Lineker has not always been a fan of the former England international
- The pundit said he ‘remained unconvinced’ about Milner after his Anfield move
- Lineker has admitted he misjudged the Reds veteran and personally apologised
Gary Lineker has admitted he misjudged James Milner after claiming he ‘remained unconvinced’ about the Liverpool midfielder in 2016.
The 35-year-old is the longest-serving player in the Premier League after making his debut for Leeds United in 2002.
The veteran has played for Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City across his 19 years in the top-flight and most recently has made 180 league appearances for Liverpool, winning the Champions League and Premier League at Anfield.
Gary Lineker (left) has admitted he misjudged Liverpool midfielder James Milner (right) in 2016
Milner started in the top-flight with Leeds United, before spells with Newcastle and Man City
Milner’s versatility has been a key asset to Jurgen Klopp with the Reds boss depending on him as a back-up full-back at times.
Despite his success, it appears pundit Lineker was not a fan of the former England international during his debut season at Anfield.
In March 2016, Lineker tweeted, ‘His managers seem to love James Milner. Clearly he can play anywhere across midfield, but remain unconvinced personally.’
The midfielder has been an asset Jurgen Klopp (left), playing across the pitch when needed
Lineker tweeted in 2016 that he ‘remained unconvinced’ about the ex-England international
He followed the Tweet up a few months later, in the build-up to Euro 2016, by saying: ‘The answer always seems to be James Milner. Still trying to work out the question.’
But Milner’s performances in a red shirt since appear to have won over the former striker.
Lineker admitted he was wrong in his judgement of the Liverpool man on the Match of the Day: Top 10 Podcast and revealed he had personally apologised to him.
Milner’s performances in a Liverpool shirt have proven the striker-turned-pundit wrong
‘I actually apologised to him on air,’ Lineker said.
‘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’,’ Lineker said.
‘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.’
Lineker had previously taken to Twitter to confess he had seen the error of his ways.
Lineker previously admitted he was wrong in a 2018 Tweet that Milner cheekily responded to
He wrote: ‘I once tweeted that I didn’t really know what James Milner was on the football pitch. I do these days, and owe him an apology. He’s a terrific, versatile and intelligent footballer. My bad.’
The Liverpool vice-captain was a topic of conversation on the podcast when discussing the most unsung heroes in the Premier League era and with a grand total of 569 top-flight appearances, Milner was an obvious mention.
Despite currently being sidelined with a hamstring injury, Milner has managed eight appearances for Liverpool this season, providing two assists.
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