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Liverpool fans can't get enough of James Milner's 'no-nonsense' interaction with Emiliano Martinez at full-time

Jack Kenmare

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Liverpool fans can't get enough of James Milner's 'no-nonsense' interaction with Emiliano Martinez at full-time

On his final game at Anfield as a Liverpool player, a clearly unimpressed James Milner had some choice words for Emiliano Martinez after the Argentine goalkeeper was accused of time-wasting.

It was a far-from-convincing performance from Jurgen Klopp's side, who went 1-0 behind after just 27 minutes when in-form midfielder Jacob Ramsey volleyed home.

To try and salvage something from Saturday's game, Liverpool vice-captain Milner came on as a second-half substitute, replacing Jordan Henderson,

And soon, after some controversial time-wasting tactics from Unai Emery's side, a late tap-in from Roberto Firmino sealed a point for the Reds.


Tributes were soon paid to Milner and a number of his teammates who will leave this summer, including Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But before those emotional scenes played out, the 37-year-old made sure to confront Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Martinez was a source of frustration for both the Liverpool fans and players throughout. In fact, he received a yellow card for his time-wasting antics in the 77th minute.


Moments after referee Paul Tierney called time on the game, Milner walked over to the World Cup winner as he sat on the floor.


As you can see in the footage above, it looks like Martinez was anticipating a friendly interaction with the former Leeds player but instead, he made a comment that brought a shrug of the shoulders from his opponent.

Here's how social media reacted to the scenes.


One fan said: "James Milner. Final game at Anfield, could be lost in the emotion, instead picks up Villa keeper Martinez off the floor and quite possibly calls him a time wasting b******. Liverpool and Premier League legend."

Another wrote: "The most James Milner thing to do," while a third commented: "I really hope he did call him out. That would be a perfect end to Milner at Anfield."

A fourth added: "This is why I love James Milner."


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was far from happy with Aston Villa's time-wasting tactics during the game.

He said in his post-match press conference: "The time wasting was... wow. We saw against Sevilla the ball boys left the country, Roma against Leverkusen, how long was the ball in play?

"Everybody's doing it. We've seen in many games this season. Nothing to do with the result today."

Milner, meanwhile, appeared to suggest that the club overruled Klopp when it came to contract talks this summer.


“I haven’t started a load of games this year, but I feel I’ve contributed. I still feel like I can come on and make an impact," he told LFCTV.

"I still want to contribute to a team. You should play as long as you can, hopefully I can do it for a bit longer yet.

“The club obviously made their decision on that. It’s nice I’m in a position where the manager wanted me to stay, but it got to the point where I got to terms [with it].”

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@ThePaulMachin

Topics: Aston Villa, Premier League, Liverpool, James Milner, Emiliano Martinez

Jack Kenmare
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