Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes that perceptions of his game are changing.
The thirty-two year old has provided seven assists so far during the club’s Champions League campaign – which is more than anyone else in the competition and three more than any of his team-mates.
And the former England international thinks that this record has started to see people notice that he has more to his game than the common view.
“There has been a bit of banter about it.” he said.
“It’s nice to have, it helps me shut down any arguments if there is any banter going on in the dressing room.
“I just want to contribute to the team. Throughout my career I’ve managed to create goals for the team I have played at.
“That’s a strength of mine even though I am seen as a bit of a workhorse who runs around a bit.
“Throughout the years if you look at the stats I have created a few goals. Hopefully I can keep doing that.”
The vice-captain also believes that the team are on the up and have plenty to look forward to.
“We are improving all the time since I’ve been here as a team” he said.
“Moving forward we are an exciting team to watch. I think we are learning to manage games better than we have done in the past.
“That maturity is coming through.
“At this stage of the tournament you need to have a belief that you can go on and win it, although still take it a game at a time.
“We have proved over the last few years we can beat anyone on our day but it is about being consistent, learning from the mistakes you’ve made and not looking too far ahead.
“The only thing we are focusing on is putting in a good performance and getting a win tomorrow night.” he finished.