James Milner to become 13th player to make 500 Premier League appearances – can you name the other 12?December 7, 2018
JAMES MILNER is set to become the 13th player to make 500 Premier League appearances when Liverpool face Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Englishman will also be the third Liverpool player to reach the historic landmark should he retain his place after netting in the 3-1 win at Burnley.
The Reds vice-captain became the second-youngest player to make a Premier League appearance at the time as a fresh-faced 16-year-old for Leeds in 2002.
He was also the youngest player to score in the Premier League after he notched a goal a month after his debut before his record was broken by Everton’s James Vaughan.
The 32-year-old also holds a unique record of the most amount of prem games unbeaten in which he has scored, taking his tally to 50 after Wednesday’s win.
The first player to reach the 500 Premier League milestone was the Gary Speed in 2006, holding the record for most overall appearances until he was surpassed by David James.
The only player in the club from outside the United Kingdom is Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer, who donned the kits of Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester City.
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Milner is expected to be part of the squad for the Red’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday, which Liverpool know a win will send them to the top of the Premier League.
In the sides six Premier League meetings, Liverpool and Bournemouth have notched 22 goals, with 18 of those coming in the past four match-ups.
Bournemouth will also be lighter, having lost Lewis Cook for the rest of the season after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, and Dan Gosling also remains absent.