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Swansea City 1 Liverpool 2: James Milner won't do a U-turn over England retirement

By Phil Blanche

Published 03/10/2016

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Dejan Lovren of Liverpool celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Sadio Mane (centre) during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City (R) during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool looks on while sitting on the bench during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool takes a selfie photograph with a fan while arriving at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool (R) share a joke prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Swansea City's Italian head coach Francesco Guidolin arrives for the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp walks on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge takes a picture with a young fan before the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Sadio Mane arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: A fan makes his way to stadium during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Wayne Routledge of Swansea City arrvies at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Leroy Fer of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Leroy Fer of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Chris Coleman and Leon Britton of Swansea City speak prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City high fives the Swansea City mascots prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City high fives the Swansea City mascots prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jack Cork of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shakes the hands of some fans while arriving prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

James Milner has ruled out reversing his decision to quit England despite starring in Liverpool's impressive start to the season.

Milner called time on his 61-cap international career in August after talks with then-England manager Sam Allardyce.

Since then the 30-year-old midfielder has been reinvented as an all-action left-back, and his fourth successful penalty of the season on Saturday secured a 2-1 comeback victory at Swansea to take Liverpool into second, although yesterday's results dropped them to fourth.

But Milner has no plans to resurrect his international career following the shock departure of Allardyce after he was secretly filmed making a variety of controversial comments.

"I think I made the decision at the time that was best for everyone," Milner said. "I am also playing left-back at the moment and there are a number of very good left-backs who would be ahead of me.

"It is still the right decision. It is massively disappointing for Sam because he did a good job, but Gareth (Southgate) did well with the Under-21s and will have a lot of respect from the players."

Milner showed late composure from 12 yards again as his third penalty in two games secured a fourth straight Premier League victory for Liverpool.

Swansea controlled the early stages and were rewarded with a Leroy Fer tap-in, but the Reds dominated following the break after manager Jurgen Klopp made his feelings clearly known.

"The manager, big credit, came in at half-time and had a few choice words," Milner said.

"We knew it ourselves but it got us going second half. The first half was really poor. It is frustrating as a team when things are not going right, but it's not like we were complacent.

"It just didn't happen, but we deserved the three points. It is pleasing that we had the character to turn it round and keep going to get the win.

"I think this win was massive going into the international break on the back of a little run, because signing off with a draw or defeat would have been a bit disappointing and halted that momentum."

While Klopp will celebrate his first anniversary on Merseyside next weekend in a healthy position, the future of Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin looks increasingly bleak with no league win since the opening day of the season.

Swansea's American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien were at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and it is understood the club's hierarchy are considering a change of manager with Ryan Giggs and former United States boss Bob Bradley among the favourites to succeed Guidolin.

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