It was one of many defining pictures of lots of that flooded onto social media after Liverpool have been topped FA Cup winners on Saturday.
The image in query concerned James Milner, in the course of the penalty shootout drama, intentionally turning his again to the motion that was occurring down the Chelsea finish and as a substitute trying immediately in direction of the Liverpool supporters, biting their fingernails and overlaying their eyes because the spot-kicks passed off.
To Milner’s proper was Kostas Tsimikas slotting residence the all-important profitable spot-kick; the one which introduced Liverpool victory and an eighth FA Cup.
Milner, after over 800 senior video games and practically 300 for the Reds, has seen all of it in his 20-year profession. He could be forgiven for being a bit blase concerning the success that continues to greet him in his mid-to-late 30s, however the versatile veteran is clearly decided to take pleasure in them as a lot as ever.
“I wished to look at our followers’ response,” he says of the choice to show his again for the decisive penalty. “I had religion in Kostas, I do know he’s bought a wand of a left foot.
“Clearly you’re nervous, as a result of you realize there’s a superb likelihood it could possibly be over, however what number of instances do you get to play at Wembley and expertise that?”
The FA Cup completes the set for Milner at Anfield, having already lifted the League Cup, Champions League, Premier League and Membership World Cup, however the vice-captain, who’s now 36, had a message for somebody on the different finish of his footballing journey at Anfield in 23-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I mentioned to Trent after the sport: ‘Your cupboard is fairly full, however don’t become bored with it!’
“What an unbelievable participant he’s, however he’s fortunate that he’s come right into a group that’s so good. He deserves it due to how good a participant he’s, however you by no means know when issues are going to alter, so you must take pleasure in it whereas it’s right here.”
Milner opens up on the way it felt after profitable the FA Cup ultimate with Liverpool
So, how did it really feel as soon as the profitable penalty had been dispatched previous Edouard Mendy?
“Superb!” he says. “You see everybody experiencing what you’re feeling your self; reduction, pleasure, every thing. It’s a particular group of gamers and a particular group of individuals to share these items with within the dressing room after the sport.”
“I went into the dressing room afterwards and all of the lads have been straight on their telephones. I used to be like: ‘we’ve simply gained the FA Cup!’
“You get 40-50 messages to take care of, it is nice to see the households, the youngsters with the medals spherical their necks. It’s very particular. You’re very fortunate to play in any ultimate, you’re fortunate to be a footballer within the first place, and to play in finals and win 10 medals. For those who mentioned that firstly of my profession, I’d have taken it.”
Liverpool are again in motion on Tuesday once they face Southampton away from residence within the Premier League.