Liverpool midfielder James Milner has admitted on BT Sport that getting relegated with Leeds United is one of the worst moments of his career.

Leeds got relegated from the Premier League back in 2004, and the West Yorkshire outfit have since not been able to clinch promotion to the top flight of English football.

Milner, who can operate as a midfielder, winger or full-back, left the Whites for Newcastle United in 2004, and went on to play for Aston Villa and Manchester City before joining Liverpool in 2015.

The 33-year-old Englishman, who won the Premier League title with City twice and the Champions League with Liverpool once, has admitted his disappointment with Leeds back in 2004 and has also spoken highly of the club.

Milner said on BT Sport: “It was horrible. It was probably one of the worst moments of my career. The team that you have been supporting all your life and the first team you played for.

“There was a lot of stuff going on, at the time. Off-field problems and financial problems. As a young player, you had to grow up quick. I think I was protected well by the club and the senior players.

“The support is incredible. It’s a special club. I think I am biased but I think most people are going to agree with me and it’s a club that definitely belongs in the Premier League.”

Promotion challenge

Leeds finished third in the Championship table last season and failed to get promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are aiming to clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, and current find themselves fifth in the standings with 20 points from 11 matches.


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