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Done Deal: Is new Liverpool signing ideal Gerrard replacement?

The news from Liverpool this morning is that the club have agreed to sign James Milner from Manchester City on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old midfielder has left City in search for regular playing time and the vacant space from Steven Gerrard‘s Major League Soccer departure makes it an ideal move for both parties.

Milner can be used as a utility man, having played just about everywhere on the pitch, but this could be his chance to lock down a more consistent role in the middle of the park.

He brings in experience at the highest level, although not as decorated as Gerrard, his Champions and Europa League experience is vital for Liverpool in their quest to break back into the top four.

Despite Gerrard and Milner being different types of players, the two do draw similarities. Defensively Milner is a very tidy player, with a no nonsense, tough tackling approach, but he deserves recognition for his attacking side to the game.

Milner played in 32 of City’s Premier League games this season, but frustratingly for him, 14 of those were from the bench. He scored five goals and registered seven assists. The England International has played predominantly on the righthand side but a move infield could be favourable and could also be a bonus for the national side, as he would be playing alongside his England teammate, Jordan Henderson.

Milner has a winning mentality, having won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup in his time with the Manchester club.

As a free transfer this is a positive signing for Liverpool, Milner is in the peak of his career and could potentially be at the club for the remainder of his playing days.

Is James Milner a good signing for Liverpool and can he help to fill the void left by Gerrard?

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About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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