Liverpool presents James Milner with a singular and heartfelt present earlier than his ultimate sport for the membership

JAMES MILNER has obtained a weird however touching current from Liverpool forward of his ultimate sport for the membership.

The midfielder, 37, will depart the Reds on the finish of the season when his contract expires.

James Milner will depart Liverpool on the finish of the seasonCredit score: Reuters

He got here off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 residence draw with Aston Villa for his final Reds look at Anfield.

And the 61-cap England worldwide may get a ultimate swansong in entrance of Liverpool’s travelling supporters away at Southampton on Sunday afternoon earlier than departing as a free agent.

However in his ultimate week of coaching at Kirkby, the dependable Milner was offered with a particular present.

The Anfield groundstaff dug out the penalty spot from the well-known pitch and handed over the valuable piece of turf together with a photograph of the place the grass was as soon as planted.

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Head groundsman Dave McCulloch and his staff wrote: “To James,

“After eight years of destroying our pen spots!

“It’s now time you taken care of one your self!

“Better of luck for the longer term, All of the Groundstaff.”

Milner scored 19 of his 21 penalties for the Reds throughout his eight years – taking a again seat on the obligation as soon as Mo Salah arrived at Anfield.

That included clutch efforts each residence and away towards Leicester – the one at Anfield was a stress Ninety fifth-minute winner – in Liverpool’s title-winning season of 2019-20.

And the ex-Manchester Metropolis man clearly took his justifiable share of follow efforts on the coaching floor over time to make sure he was prepared on matchdays.

A delighted Milner tweeted: “What a present that’s!

“No stress there then, I higher get my scissors and pink ruler again out! #practicemakesperfect #practiceannoysgroundstaff”

Milner was broadly anticipated to hitch Brighton on a free switch this summer season.

Nonetheless, Leeds may hijack the transfer to try to carry their former star again to Elland Highway in an emotional return.

Milner was given a penalty spot from Anfield

Milner was given a penalty spot from AnfieldCredit score: Instagram

A note accompanied the present to wish him well

A word accompanied the current to want him effectivelyCredit score: Instagram

He scored 19 of his 21 Liverpool penalties

He scored 19 of his 21 Liverpool penaltiesCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty