Tuesday 20 August 2019

'I haven't heard anything' - James Milner admits he faces an uncertain future at Liverpool in honest interview

James Milner’s experience has been vital for manager Jurgen Klopp (Martin Rickett/PA)
James Milner’s experience has been vital for manager Jurgen Klopp (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

James Milner does not know whether he has a future at Liverpool beyond this season, as he revealed talks over an extension to his contract have yet to get underway.

The 33-year-old midfielder was a key figure in Liverpool's Champions League success last season, with his experience and versatility central to Jurgen Klopp's plans during his time at Anfield.

Yet Milner offered up an honest appraisal when quizzed by reporters over his contract talks, as he admitted he is still waiting to hear whether this will be his final season at Liverpool.

"As it stands, last year we spoke to the club and asked them if they wanted to do something and they said not at that time," said Milner, with his current deal set to expire next summer. "We haven’t heard anything since, so that’s where we are at.

"All I can do is concentrate on my football and do what I can, but in terms of where I am with my contract, that's what has happened up until now and I haven't heard anything from the club."

Milner played 45 games for Liverpool last season and suggests his fitness levels and lack of injuries confirm he can still do a job at the highest level for a few more years.

"Everyone pipes on about my age and stuff I understand you are going to get that," he stated.

"There are three things to it: availability, fitness and performance level. Hopefully I am delivering all three. I am just going to keep concentrating on my football, keep contributing to Liverpool and be the best player I can be for as long as possible.

"I remember making my debut and how lucky I was to have senior players around me. If I can be half as good with these guys as the older players were with me at Leeds, I will help them as much as I can."

Milner went on to suggest he is eager to bring more trophies to Liverpool as he urged the club to build on last month's Champions League final win against Tottenham.

"I did say it four years ago that if I ever left here without winning something I would be absolutely devastated," he added. "To be able to contribute to the history of Liverpool and put one on the board is fantastic.

"If that is all that happens in my time at Liverpool, it will be disappointing, but I have won a big trophy for the club. I’m sure it will be the first of many.

"We haven't won as many trophies in our recent history as we should have done. When I was at City, we got that first FA Cup (in 2011) and we managed to kick on from there.

"You see the quality in the squad now and the players we have... the Champions League isn't an easy one to get but we managed to make that our first one.

"Hopefully, the belief and confidence and everything we can take from it will help us move on to the next level."

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