James Milner's outstanding recent form comes as no surprise to Jürgen Klopp.

The vice-captain has started five of Liverpool’s past seven matches, only missing out on the Anfield win over Newcastle United having sustained a heavy knock the previous weekend.

Milner caught the eye again during the goalless draw with FC Porto in midweek and was shortlisted for the Champions League Player of the Week award as a result.

But when asked at his pre-Manchester United press conference how impressed he has been with the No.7, the manager insisted it is only what he expects.

“Impressed? Why should I be impressed? Millie is an outstanding player so I’m not surprised and not really ‘impressed’ – it’s his level,” replied Klopp.

“He can play really good football; he is a good footballer, to be honest. His experience, especially as a person in the dressing room, is very important. You always need these types of players.

“But, on the other hand, I think it’s his normal level that he should deliver because that’s his quality and it’s the job for the boys to show that quality.”