The Reds boss has supported the veteran, revealing that he decides who throws the points when he’s on the field.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that James Milner is the club’s top penalty taker, with Mohamed Salah as an alternative.
The 34-year-old Milner has scored 19 goals from the spot for the Reds and has only failed to convert twice for the club; its last failure dates back to November 2017.
The veteran midfielder recently scored from Liverpool’s place on Boxing Day last year in a 4-0 win over Leicester City with Salah rising to place for Klopp’s side of late.
While not overly concerned with who takes responsibility, Klopp has made it clear that he sees Milner as the club’s go-to man when they are penalized.
“James Milner is the top penalty scorer, but when James isn’t playing, then he’s Mo. When Millie is on the field, he can decide,” Klopp said Saturday.
“As always, sometimes you don’t feel a thousand percent or think, ‘He’s already scored two’ and this sort of thing. That didn’t change, we didn’t talk about it for a long, long time.
“Most of the time, Millie was probably not on the court, but I think I remember at least one time when Millie was on the court and she gave it to Mo.
“For me, it is only important that the ball is in the back of the net after any player on my team has thrown it.
“Millie gave us a pretty impressive amount of penalties that she finished off and so did Mo. So for me that’s fine and that’s the way it is at the moment, that’s the decision. ”
Liverpool and Everton are currently the only two Premier League clubs that may have a limited number of fans in their stadiums as the coronavirus pandemic continues in England.
While Klopp is grateful to have some support at Anfield, he feels it’s not a huge advantage ahead of Sunday’s home game against West Brom.
“As a club, we have nothing to do with it. Not that we have anything to do with the decision. It probably says something nice about the people of Liverpool. We had initial massive tests four or five weeks ago, maybe longer than that. I’m not a specialist, so I don’t know exactly how influential that was, ”Klopp said.
“Like I said, I wish everyone could experience it. I don’t see it as a great advantage, but it is more pleasant. I understand that everyone else wants to have the best they can and if we have 2000 and no one else has 100 or whatever, yeah, I imagine people will talk about that.
“From my point of view, it may continue for a long time that we can keep people in the stadium, but with the new tier system, it doesn’t seem very likely. There are still bigger problems and as long as the decision makers allow us to bring in people, I think it’s a very good sign. ”
source: – target