James Milner has missed the season finale for Liverpool through injury—but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he’ll return for the Champions League final.
The vice-captain has been an integral part of the side over the last few months, particularly in Europe and this was, in fact, the first time this season he wasn’t in the Reds’ matchday squad.
Aside from his non-stop work rate and experience in the big games, Milner has been a big threat in the final third, providing a record-breaking nine assists this term.
The No. 7 missed the last league game of the campaign though, at home to Brighton, but the manager has reassured fans it’s not too serious.
“It’s a little injury. It’s serious enough to put him out for today; he couldn’t train the whole week,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“We hope it will work out. But we had to accept it and we had to think about solutions. That’s the solution: Dom is in the team. Now we can go.”
Milner’s absence meant a slight change of shape and an opportunity for Dominic Solanke to start, in what was the Reds’ last game before the Champions League final.