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.
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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?
Liverpool have suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of Manchester City‘s James Milner as Manuel Pellegrini wants him to stay at the Etihad, according to Sky Sports.
Milner netted City’s second goal against Swansea this weekend and his performance once again showed his desire and commitment to the club. His contract is up at the end of the season and the 29-year-old midfielder would be a great addition to any Premier League squad, especially on a free transfer.
Pellegrini wants Milner to stay but highlighted it is important for his utility man to help make the decision.
“It’s a decision James must take at the end of season, what is better for his future,” he said.
“I always talk that he is an important player for our team, he can play in different positions because he is an intelligent player.”
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The City boss has used the Englishman in 31 league games this season and he is a player any club would want to keep.
“He always gives 100 per cent but it will be sorted at the end of the season.
“I can think (staying at Manchester City) is best him for him but it’s important what he thinks. He is a very important player for us.”
Liverpool and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Milner but given Pellegrini’s comments a move away from City could be off the cards.
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