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Mad oooh:Klopp speaks out on Milner's new Liverpool contract and gives Barcelona example

Jurgen Klopp has hailed "exceptional player, professional and person" James Milner after the midfielder signed a new Liverpool contract.

Milner will remain with the Reds for an additional two seasons, taking his deal up to summer 2022.

Reacting to the Milner news, Klopp said: “I remember I said in the summer I had not had the pleasure of working with many players like James Milner before in my career - and I am so pleased I will continue to get the chance to work with him for the next few years.

“It is great news for Liverpool FC to have a player of - first and foremost - his qualities and attitude, but also, of course, his experience, here among our squad for the future.

“He is our vice-captain and obviously one of the big leaders in our squad. He is just as important to us off the pitch in the dressing room as he is on the field, and that tells you everything as he is a big, big player for us. He is a big voice in the dressing room and someone all of the players look up to and respect."

And the boss told a story from the day of the Barcelona home match last term to illustrate his point.

Klopp said: “One of the best examples of this is how he was on the morning of the Barcelona game at Anfield when he arrived at Melwood – as soon as he walked through the door that day, he was pushing everyone around him and motivating them and I loved it.

“And one of my favourite things about Millie, of which there are many, is he is genuinely still improving all the time as a player.

“He has an outstanding attitude: towards football, towards looking after himself and towards looking after others. He is an outstanding footballer and we all believe he still has a lot left to give, which is why this deal makes so much sense for all.

“He is an exceptional player, professional and person."

Milner, 33, remains a vital member of Klopp's squad - and has made 21 appearances already this term, scoring three goals.

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