Supporters of Liverpool have this evening taken to social media to voice their surprise at the inclusion of James Milner in their starting XI tonight.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are in Slovenia to take on minnows Maribor in their third Group E fixture of their Champions League campaign.
Despite being considered favourites heading into the group, the Reds have managed just two points from their opening two matches, draws versus Sevilla and Spartak Moscow.
Maribor, meanwhile, currently sit bottom of the table, a point behind Liverpool and Spartak.
Shaking things up
Upon the announcement of the Merseysiders’ starting lineup tonight, fans of the club were surprised to find that James Milner had been named in place of the rested Jordan Henderson in midfield, alongside Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Milner, who has generally been deployed at left-back by Jurgen Klopp over the last couple of seasons, has made just two starts in the Premier League this season, after featuring as an ever-present for the Reds last season.
His inclusion means big-money summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is once again confined to the bench, following his difficult start to life at Anfield.
Liverpool’s fans have taken to Twitter tonight to discuss their manager’s surprising decision, with the vast majority baffled by the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain has once again been left out.
Check out some of the social media highlights below:
Baffles me how when Henderson gets taken out Milner has to come in. Chamberlain?
— Carl Malabar (@carlimalabar) October 17, 2017
Milner playing instead of Chamberlain? Truly money well spent.
— Ricky Roma (@RioRanchoRoma) October 17, 2017
Really can’t understand how Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t starting, but Milner is. https://t.co/S8gD5BxcJw
— Mik (@MikLFC) October 17, 2017
Talks Chamberlain up all week then goes and starts fucking Milner, is he taking the piss or what
— . (@elliskay_) October 17, 2017
Milner instead of chamberlain what is life lmao #lfc
— aaron (@aarons_hall) October 17, 2017
Spent 35m on Oxlade Chamberlain and Milner getting in ahead of him. Great stuff. Jurgens army.
— Hirrell (@Hirrell) October 17, 2017
Fkn joke that line up, milner wijnaldum and can ffs
— Perry Brennan (@PerryBrennan7) October 17, 2017
Milner over Ox?…abeg Klopp do better
— Chidi (@chiddy_E) October 17, 2017
And replacing him with James fucking Milner 😂
— Simon Lee Renders (@Renders10) October 17, 2017
Milner’s fresh legs are the equivalent of Jordan Hendersons’ after playing 200 minutes of football none stop. Man can’t run properly.
— Bill (@ShanksDeciple) October 17, 2017
No Robertson and Milner over Ox pic.twitter.com/W9z8vxkXYw
— patter_moderator (@ffstupac) October 17, 2017