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Liverpool coach Critchley hails Milner presence for FA Cup replay win

Liverpool stand-in coach Neil Critchley was delighted with the presence of James Milner for last night's FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury Town.

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!"

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