LIVERPOOL star James Milner has opened up on the moment he feared his Anfield career may be over.
The 30-year-old arrived on Merseyside in a free transfer switch from Manchester City last summer.
And having previously been famed for his versatility, he has admitted he was looking forward to playing in his favoured central midfield position under Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman’s own spell with the Reds was to end just months later though.
Since Jurgen Klopp succeeded Rodgers, Milner’s adaptability has been a major asset to the former Borussia Dortmund gaffer – particularly this season when he has filled in at left-back for the much-maligned Alberto Moreno.
Now though, speaking to The Times, the ex-England international has lifted the lid on how the conversation which paved the way for his latest position change initially left him fearing for his future.
Recalling the moment he was asked to stay behind after a team meeting on July’s trip to the USA, Milner said: “Obviously it was pre-season, the manager has not been there too long… there were a million and one things in my head.
“You think about everything and, ‘Does he not want me?’ was one.
“And then he said, ‘Would you be willing to cover the full-back positions?’”
Having impressed in defence this term, Milner will be hoping he’s called upon again when Liverpool take on Southampton this afternoon.