James Milner reveals Virgil Van Dijk influence on celebration vs Cardiff

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has this evening revealed the reason behind his walking stick celebration during the Reds’ victory over Cardiff City.

Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travelled to the Welsh capital a short time ago, for a crunch Premier League clash.

The matchup marked a crucial one at both ends of the English top-flight table, with Liverpool of course in the midst of one of the most tightly-contested title fights in recent history, and Cardiff battling to avoid relegation.

As such, there was an understandably-tense atmosphere around the Cardiff City stadium ahead of kick-off.

When all was said and done, though, there could only be one winner, with Liverpool having held their nerve yet again to eventually emerge victorious.

The Merseysiders took the lead 10 minutes into the second-half, when Gini Wijnaldum rifled Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner beyond the helpless Neil Etheridge.

And James Milner put the game to bed from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time, slotting home in characteristically-cool fashion after Sean Morrison had been adjudged to have felled Mohamed Salah in the Cardiff box.

‘That one was for Virg’

Milner’s game-clincher, meanwhile, saw the veteran English midfielder’s celebration quickly garner attention online.

After finding the net, Milner proceeded to burst towards Liverpool’s fans, before imitating an old man with a walking stick.

And the former Aston Villa and Manchester City man has since provided an insight into the reasoning behind his celebration, confirming that it was in response to persistent ribbing on the part of teammate Virgil van Dijk regarding his age:

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