James Milner to have head injury suffered against Manchester United assessed
Liverpool will assess a head injury to James Milner but he is expected to be fit for the weekend’s Premier League clash with West Brom.
The 30-year-old suffered the blow when he challenged for a high ball with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford during Monday night’s goalless draw at Anfield.
Milner has performed impressively this season after being used at left-back by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of Alberto Moreno, who replaced him late in the game.
The injury is not believed to be serious, though, and Milner should be in contention to face the Tony Pulis’ side on Saturday.
Loris Karius, meanwhile, will use David De Gea as an inspiration as he bids to sweep away the doubts over his ability to remain as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper.
Summer buy Karius kept his first clean sheet in Monday’s stalemate with Manchester United but has attracted criticism for some erratic displays since replacing Belgium international Simon Mignolet.
United star De Gea stole the limelight at Anfield with two superb saves to underline his status as one of the world’s best goalkeeper and Karius has been encouraged by the Spaniard’s progress after a tough start in English football.
“Credit to him, the way he has developed is very impressive,” said the German. “He’s enjoyed great development over the last few years and you can just see he gets better and better.
“He’s right up there among the very best in the world, playing at a consistently high level and is a top goalkeeper, but it’s not always easy to perform like that straight away. It takes time.”
Former England coach and TV pundit Gary Neville claimed Karius is “vulnerable” from crosses and will not inspire confidence in his defenders.
But former Manchester City Academy graduate Karius – who moved to Anfield from Mainz – insists he will come to terms with the physical side of the Premier League.
He added: “I feel I can be the number one at Liverpool…I’m not a keeper who hasn’t shown his ability. I know I am a good goalkeeper and I’ve shown that a lot, so I haven’t come to sit on the bench.
“I hope to have a lot of success with Liverpool, win a title and then stay in goal for a long time and just do well and make the people really happy.
“That would be good for the future, but I have never thought it will be easy straight away.”