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Liverpool midfielder James Milner says that his father forbade him to wear red as a child because of his dislike for Manchester United.

Milner also said that his father brought him up to hate Manchester United. The reason why Milner’s father hated Manchester United was because they were fierce rivals of his favorite team Leeds United at a time.

Milner actually played in the youth teams of Leeds United before joining the senior team in 2002. He played at Leeds till 2004, scoring 5 goals in 54 matches.

Milner said, “Obviously Leeds fans are brought up to dislike Manchester United, as rivals, so red wasn’t allowed. He did joke when I signed for Liverpool that it was the first time he’d be happy to see me regularly in red.

Milner joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2015 and has become an integral player for the team. Milner scored Liverpool’s second goal in their 3-2 win over PSG on Tuesday.

The 32-year old praised Jurgen Klopp for his influence on Liverpool. Milner said, “He’s a very good manager. You can see that by looking at what he’s done with this team; how we play together and work for each other. He’s got the fiery side but also the ‘Klopp hug’, as I think it’s known.

James Milner also expressed his interest in becoming a manager following his retirement. He said, “I think it would be a shame not to use some of the experience I’ve built up over the 16 years that I’ve been playing. I hope I can use that now with the younger players here at Liverpool, helping them as much as possible.”

Liverpool play their next Premier League match against Southampton on Saturday.

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