LIVERPOOL midfielder James Milner has been compared to a SNAKE after another impressive performance in the engine room.
Milner, who has captained Liverpool in all three Premier League fixtures so far, played a crucial role in Mohamed Salah’s winning goal against Brighton on Saturday.
He pressed Seagulls new boy Yves Bissouma into losing the ball, which allowed Roberto Firmino to set up Salah inside the box.
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks named the former England ace in his Premier League team of the week, and said: “I feel compelled to include James Milner among my selection because if I don’t he will continue to be overlooked for those who are more skilful, excellent finishers or those who simply have a better day.
“What you get with Milner is nothing special but you do get a wonderful level of consistency. In fact Milner is almost always a candidate for my team most weeks, such are his performances.
“The way the Liverpool captain pounced on Brighton’s Yves Bissouma was reminiscent of a cobra and with a bite to match.
“Brighton’s error cost them the fixture. The way Leon Balogun gave Bissouma the ball in such a difficult position with his back to the play lacked any thought or consideration for his team-mate.”
Liverpool are one of three teams with a 100 per cent record, and currently sit top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
Despite their promising start to the season, Milner has urged his team-mates not to rest on their laurels.
“It’s never a bad place to be – but they’re early days and we just want to keep going and keep improving,” he said.
“We know from the first three games it’s a pleasing start but there’s a lot to improve on.
“That’s the good thing and there’s stuff we’ll be working on to become a better team.”
Brighton could have snatched a point at Anfield but found Alisson in fine form between the sticks.
And Milner said: “They’re a good team, they showed that last week [against Manchester United].
“They were going to be full of confidence coming here, they weren’t easy to break down; they’re strong, organised and have good players going forward as well.
“It was never going to be easy but obviously another clean sheet for us is pleasing.
“We know we can play better but sometimes you have to just grind out the result and look at what we can do better after the game and try to improve.”