Veteran Liverpool midfielder James Milner made his return to the Premier League scene this weekend after missing the last few weeks due to an hamstring problem. He made his return to the Premier League squad at Liverpool for the home game against Southampton.

James Milner had earlier made his injury return for the Reds during the Champions League home clash with FC Porto on Wednesday night. He came on as a substitute after Liverpool had scored two second half goals to seal a 2-0 victory over their Portuguese opposition. After a goalless first half, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara scored a long range effort at the start of the second half for his first goal in a Liverpool shirt before topscorer Mohamed Salah wrapped up the win with the second Reds goal on 70 minutes. The win over Porto ensured that Liverpool maintained their unblemished record of winning all the games in their group as far as this season’s Champions League campaign is concerned.

Retired England international James Milner started the Southampton game on thebench before he came on for skipper Jordan Henderson midway into the second half after Liverpool had scored all their four goals.  Milner took the captain’s armband as the vice-skipper in the team.

Before Milner came on, Diogo Jota had scored two times to edge Liverpool 2-0 ahead before the abovementioned Thiago made it two goals in as many games with the third goal for the hosts on 37 minutes. Liverpool were able to record a 3-0 lead at the half-time interval thanks to the brace from Jota and the deflected strike from Spanish international Thiago.

Liverpool increased their lead to 4-0 in the second half courtesy star defender Virgil Van Dijk off the corner kick taken by the in-form Trent Alexander-Arnold.With the emphatic win over the Saints, Liverpool were able to move within a point of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League log. The Blues can restore their four-point advantage over Liverpool by beating Manchester United at home on Sunday evening.