Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool win at West Ham

Surprise Liverpool star tops PL distance covered chart

Liverpool midfielder/defender James Milner covered more distance on the pitch than any other player in the Premier League this weekend.

Matchup

Jurgen Klopp’s men went head to head with Huddersfield in a Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, with Liverpool desperate to put a dismal run of recent form behind them.

The Reds had managed just two wins from their last ten games across all competitions, culminating in a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham at Wembley last weekend.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, had fallen off the pace over recent weeks after their excellent start to life in the English top-flight, but got things back on track with a shock win over Manchester United last time out.

Comfortable day’s work

A missed Mohamed Salah penalty marked the talking point of the first-half of the clash, with Jordan Henderson’s rebound having clipped the edge of the post before going wide.

However, the tense air around Anfield was finally lifted when Daniel Sturridge lifted a perfect finish over onrushing Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lössl 5 minutes into the second-half.

Roberto Firmino and Gigi Wijnaldum also got their names on the scoresheet, adding a gloss to the scoreline in the 58th and 75th minutes respectively.

Under the radar performance

While it was the attacking talents of Jurgen Klopp’s side who once again took the majority of the plaudits, one performer who has since come in for widespread praise from fans and pundits alike is James Milner.

Having been handed a rare start in Liverpool’s midfield, the English veteran’s tireless efforts helped to keep his side in the ascendancy throughout proceedings, with the former Manchester City man having attempted the most crosses and won the most tackles of any player on the park, as well as picking up an assist.

However, undoubtedly the most impressive statistic to have come to the fore regarding Milner’s showing on Saturday was the distance that the 31-year-old covered on the pitch, as highlighted in the chart below:

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