James Milner believes an appearance in the Europa League final justifies his decision to join Liverpool last summer.
The England midfielder is expected to be named in Jurgen Klopp’s start XI for Wednesday’s showdown with Sevilla in Basel, as the Reds look to seal a place in next season’s Champions League.
If he does feature, it will be Milner’s second final of the season after coming up against former club Manchester City in the League Cup final back in February.
A few eyebrows were raised when the 30-year-old, who is 10/1 in the 888sport football odds to be the first goalscorer, turned down the offer of a new deal at City to join Liverpool, but the former Leeds and Newcastle star is loving life at Anfield.
Milner insisted: “A big reason I came was to play more football and not have any regrets at the end of my career, and get the most out of it. I’m 30 and although it’s not old, it’s probably the latter phase of my career.
“I want to play as much as I can, look back and think that I left nothing out there, no wasted games – you want to be remembered for what you’ve won and what sort of player you are.”
Milner could captain the team if regular skipper Jordan Henderson is not deemed fit enough to start, having only returned as a sub at the weekend following a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.