SAALFELDEN, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, July 26, 2022: Liverpool's James Milner cycles back to the team hotel after a training session during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner names the 2 Liverpool players responsible for his new look

You may have noticed James Milner has opted for a new look this summer, and his facial hair growth is down to a little banter, with two Reds responsible for egging the No. 7 on.

It is pre-season number 21 for Milner after signing a contract extension in the summer, keeping him at Liverpool for another year.

While his running capacity and ability to cruise past his teammates while doing so is one thing that has remained the same, the 36-year-old is sporting a fresh look – for now, at least.

Usually clean-shaven, Milner has noticeably been growing out his beard but says if “it’s no good” it is down to the two players who urged him to do so, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson.

“A couple of weeks ago we were in Singapore, we were in the treatment room having a bit of craic and Hendo and Robbo were on me and said, ‘Go on, you need to grow it’,” Milner told the club’s official website.

SINGAPORE - Friday, July 15, 2022: Liverpool's James Milner during the Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the Singapore National Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I said, ‘Alright, why not? I’ll do it for banter.’ We’ll see where it goes.

“They’ve got a month of growth; we’re two weeks in so we’ll see where it goes from here. They’re in control of it, so if it’s no good it’s their fault!”

It’s a decision that has caught the attention of fans across social media, as you could always rely on Milner turning up freshly shaven!

From Milner’s words, though, it seems there are only a couple of more weeks left but that is plenty of time to add volume to his beard and even grow to love it enough to keep it.