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James Milner’s old-school tackle was the best thing about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s thunderbastard

The Liverpool utility man provided the perfect assist to Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will get the headlines, but James Milner deserves credit.

In the build-up to the ex-Arsenal midfielder’s wonder strike to double Liverpool’s lead against Man City, everyone’s favourite bore put in a strong challenge that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

The midfielder’s aggression presented the ball perfectly for Chamberlain to shoot.


Milner rushed in against Gundogan and only had one thing in mind… ball


And a bit of the man


Milner found Chamberlain, who had been left in space

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The interception led to Milner’s seventh assist in the Champions League this season, the most in the competition.

It was intentional of course, he was just trying to stick one of Gundogan while simultaneously kicking the ball as hard as possible.

A beautiful callback to a lost age of football.

Milner’s aggressive pressing of the City midfielders was pivotal in Liverpool’s first-half dominance.

Get him (out of international retirement and) on the plane!