Rather than go abroad like his senior teammates, Milner stayed home to support his young teammates as they managed to defeat Shrewsbury 1-0.
Critchley revealed: "He trained with us yesterday and he asked whether he could come along. I was like, 'I think the answer is yes to that one! Of course you can!' He was very respectful to ask. He said, 'Can I come in the dressing room?' and you're thinking, 'What do you think? Of course!' He has achieved so much in the game because of who he is; he was giving words of advice to the players, he was getting right behind the players, he was vocal in the dressing room and he was animated behind me – I could hear him!
"He was genuinely delighted with how the boys performed and I can't thank him enough for being here tonight. I don't think he is available yet, I am not sure he is ready for that moment yet, but he was certainly jumping up and down behind me so I think he was desperate to get on!"
James Milner opting not to go on a holiday during the winter break but go and watch the youngsters play against Shrewsbury.
What a guy! pic.twitter.com/JhcBXEEhrY — LFCVine (@LFCVine) February 4, 2020