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Liverpool FC have a winner in James Milner, says Gary McAllister

Liverpool first-team coach Gary McAllister has been talking up the professionalism and experience new signing James Milner brings to the club.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Friday, July 17, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Brisbane Roar during a preseason friendly match at the Suncorp Stadium on day five of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milner made his competitive debut for the Reds in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City to open the season.

Having laid the foundations of a midfield partnership with Jordan Henderson, and made the club’s vice-captain, McAllister believes 29-year-old Milner’s decorated career with Manchester City will be a huge boost to Liverpool.

“He is a winner, he has won leagues,” the Scot told the club’s official website.

“He’s an experienced player in big competitions and big competitions for his country as well. He brings good experience.

“You can bring in players that are a little bit older and have got experience but their experiences are not necessarily good ones. But he’s got good experience, he knows how to win.”

At City Milner won the Premier League twice, FA Cup and League Cup. He was also named PFA Young Player of the Year in 2009/10 and included in the Premier League Team of the Year the same season.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Monday, July 20, 2015: Liverpool's first team coach Gary McAllister and first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders during a preseason friendly match against Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval on day eight of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Milner came through the youth ranks at Leeds United, until moving to Newcastle United in 2004 following the Yorkshire club’s relegation from the Premier League.

McAllister also spent time at Elland Road, between 1990-1996, before joining Coventry City from where he went on to sign for Liverpool in 2000.

“He’s a Leeds boy, he still talks about Leeds United and I still live in the Leeds area so we’ve got that little bit in common,” McAllister added.

“His professionalism in the opening three or four weeks that I’ve been here has been outstanding.”

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