Why James Milner deserves credit for bringing industry, nous and mental strength to Liverpool
The often mocked 32-year-old has had a long, unfair fight against an image of being a versatile worker and no more
IT will soon be 34 years since Graeme Souness last kicked a ball in anger in a game that mattered for Liverpool Football Club.
Befitting for a man regarded as one of the finest to wear the red, he bowed out at the very top for a club he clocked up 359 appearances for, having captained Liverpool to a fourth European Cup with victory over Roma in their own backyard in 1984.
Three decades on, the spectre of the player he once was remains; like Steven Gerrard for a different generation of supporters, he is a reference point for any midfielder that pulls on the red shirt; capable of graft and guile, inspirational, a one-man winning machine.
But how healthy is that longing and looking back? Glory days syndrome, when projected on those tasked with winning in the here and now, can’t be a good thing. Demand a standard? Sure. Get angry about an ideal not achieved? Perhaps not so great if it filters into the stands.
Souness, and Gerrard, were elite players; men capable of inspiring through performance. Figureheads with stature, swagger and surety over their ability to achieve the audacious.
For supporters of scores of clubs up and down the country they will never be so lucky to witness one player with that kind of ability wear their team’s shirt never mind two.
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