The highly experienced 36-year-old started at right-back in the round of 16 tie at his old home ground of the Etihad Stadium, struggling at times defensively but also providing the assist for Fabio Carvalho’s equalizer in the first leg. half in a breathless 3-2 defeat on the M62.
However, Milner’s night ended prematurely after just 38 minutes due to injury, with the former England international making way for Nat Phillips before half-time.
Klopp confirmed after the match that one of his most trusted lieutenants had felt a hamstring problem amid hectic pace in the clubs’ first competitive match after the World Cup break, but he did not believe that It was something serious right now.
“Millie felt something in her hamstring,” he told Sky Sports. “We still hope it’s not an injury, but we’ll see. She felt something, but after 30 years in the business she said, ‘I don’t think it’s a lot,’ so we’ll see.”
Liverpool brought Jordan Henderson off the bench against City, whose England World Cup stars in John Stones, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish also came on after half-time, with Kyle Walker an unused substitute.
The only player from Gareth Southgate’s Qatar contingent not to take part was Trent Alexander-Arnoldwith Klopp revealing that he was suffering from an illness that had also been affecting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was fit enough to go into the break at the Etihad.
Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk trained as anticipated in Kirkby on Thursday after returning from a post-World Cup break and should be available for the Premier League restart against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The same goes for goalkeeper Alisson, whose Brazilian compatriot Roberto Firmino he missed the loss to City with a calf problem in training this week.
“We thought Trent was available but then he got sick so that’s what we have to wait for,” Klopp added.
“Virgilio trained today [and] completely normal yesterday and it should be ready by Monday, but we have to see who gets infected until then”.
Addressing Firmino’s absence before the match, Klopp said: “We mainly played with the players who could now do all the sessions and had a rest, apart from Bobby, who unfortunately got injured two days ago in training.
“It’s not big, but big enough for this period. That’s why Darwin [Nunez] now it is starting. It could have started anyway, but Darwin is starting now.”
Liverpool are now without Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Arthur Melo due to injury, and Curtis Jones is expected to return to fitness soon. .