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Milner Hopes For Henderson Return Before Europa League Final

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James Milner has emerged as one of Liverpool's most important players during the crucial stretch run of the season, captaining the side through the Europa League semi-finals against Villarreal.

This comes after he was seen by many as a major disappointment following his arrival from Manchester City and subsequent struggles in the early months of the campaign.

Still, Milner remains humble and level headed. So much so that he hopes teammate Jordan Henderson is fit enough to take the captain's armband back from him for the Europa League final against Sevilla.

"Hopefully Hendo will have a chance of being fit for the final," he said. "If he is then he will captain the team in the final. We'd love him to be back for it."

Henderson has missed extended time due to knee ligament damage and was tipped to be out for the remainder of the season. But with an extra match added to the calendar, there is a chance he'll make a return.

Milner also reflected upon the journey Liverpool has taken to get to the final, much of which included Henderson in the starting lineup.

"It's been a long road to get there," he said. "You play a lot of games in the Europa. I think back to the frozen pitches in the group stages. We've beaten a lot of good teams along the way and to win it we're going to have to beat another top team."

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