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James Milner Covered A Remarkable Amount Of Distance Last Night

James Milner Covered A Remarkable Amount Of Distance Last Night

Eamon Dunphy is probably going to hate me for bringing up 'nonsense' stats such as distance covered but to be fair, even he would tip his cap to James Milner, after he ran a remarkable 13.53km in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Man City.

Old man Milner is actually still only 32 but if anyone believed his legs are gone, they certainly are not. Milner actually ran nearly 2km more than anyone on the pitch, with Aymeric Laporte topping Man City's stats, at 11.5km.

In fact, four Liverpool players ran more than any of the City team; Alex Oxlade Chamberlain covered 11.66km, Wijnaldum notched up 11.58km, while Sadio Mané managed 11.55km. Liverpool's team average was 11.05km but Man City's was a mere 10.66km. The slouches.

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Of course the fact Man City had 64% possession could go some way to explaining why Liverpool were forced to cover so much ground but still, Milner's 13.5km is particularly impressive when you consider Christian Eriksen topped the average distance charts in the Premier League last season at 11.9km.

Mark Farrelly
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Balls Media Audience Development Manager. Former Miss World 1997 contestant.

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