James Milner signs a one-year contract extension at Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp pushed to keep the tireless 36-year-old midfielder for another season at Anfield
- James Milner remains immensely valuable to Liverpool and signed extension
- He put pen to paper on 12-month deal and his longevity is remarkable
- Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind the decision to keep Milner on
- The 36-year-old is arguably the best free transfer in Liverpool’s history
James Milner has resolved all doubts about his future by signing a new 12-month contract with Liverpool.
Liverpool’s manager was a driving force behind the decision to ensure Milner was not lost to another Premier League rival - the former England international was not short of offers - or did not feel the need to pursue a new challenge overseas.
James Milner has put pen to paper on a new Liverpool contract extension
The terms of Milner’s new deal have been reduced but his importance within the squad should not be underestimated, as he made 39 appearances last season and scored in both the penalty shootouts that led his side to completing a domestic Cup double.
It is almost seven years to the day since Milner’s arrival at Anfield was announced, with then manager Brendan Rodgers a driving force in recruiting him from Manchester City after his contract there had expired.
The 36-year-old has gone on to prove himself arguably the best free transfer in Liverpool’s history, making 199 Premier League appearances so far and winning six major trophies including the domestic title and Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind having Milner add another 12 months
Speaking after the FA Cup final last month, Milner said: ‘ That’s why I came here. That was the hope, part of the drive. When I went to City they hadn’t won anything for a long
time and it was great to be part of that, the start of their success, winning leagues and cups.
‘Liverpool is an incredible club with incredible history, but it hadn’t been as successful for a while (when I joined) hadn’t won the Premier League, which was baffling. That was the aim. And if we could do that, win a Premier League her, that would be special.
Milner joined on a free transfer and has been sensational with his work rate and versatility
‘It was a process - and the process has been incredible.’
Milner is most certainly part of Liverpool’s future but doubts continue over Sadio Mane, with Bayern Munich having made their first official approach.
The German club have had a £21million bid with add-ons rejected. It would take closer to £35million for Liverpool to take them seriously.
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