Milner welcomes Emre Can return

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is happy to have team-mate Emre Can in the team ahead of their Europa League encounter against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.

The Reds take a one-goal advantage into the second leg at Anfield on Thursday night, after recording a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the quarter-final tie at Signal Iduna Park last week.

Can, who missed Liverpool's 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke City on Sunday due suspension, is expected to make his return into coach Jurgen Klopp's starting XI, and Milner is looking forward to having the German international back in the middle of the park.

"Emre has had the rest at the weekend, unfortunately missing the game. But it was good to get a result without him," Milner told Liverpool's official website.

"He has been brilliant this year in midfield, brilliant on the ball and his energy, strength and pace winning the ball back for us is massive. He'll be a big plus for us coming back.

"Whatever team the manager decides to play, I'm sure the lads will be ready and I'm sure Emre will want to get one over a few of his Germany team-mates as well."

Milner was also equally impressed by Joe Allen, who came in as Can's replacement against Stoke.

"Joe's a top player, with a great attitude as well. He probably hasn't played as much as he would have liked over the last couple of months," Milner added.

"To come in and hit that level straight away, and the intensity he has played with, is unbelievable. He's great on the ball and [with] his energy levels.

"He's a top player and a big player for us. He's a great lad as well, so I'm delighted for him to come in and play really well. Everyone knows what a top player he is."