Wednesday 21 August 2019

Milner in the dark over his future as he waits for talks with Liverpool


Liverpool midfielder James Milner. Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Liverpool midfielder James Milner. Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Bascombe

James Milner says that he is in the dark as to whether Liverpool want him to stay beyond this season as he awaits contract talks.

The 33-year-old midfielder says he and his representatives spoke to the club at the end of last season expressing a desire to extend his stay.

His deal has a year left to run, at which point he will be available on a Bosman deal.

"Last year we spoke to the club and asked them if they wanted to do something and they said not at that time," Milner explained.

"We haven't heard anything since. All I can do is concentrate on my football and do what I can."

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been lavish in his praise of Milner.

"Millie looks again in the pre-season like his early twenties, but he isn't, he knows that, and we try to respect that," Klopp said.


Evidently Milner's age is the reason for the club considering their options, although he hopes performances will be the determining factor in whether an offer materialises.

"Everyone pipes on about my age and I understand you are going to get that," Milner said.

"There are three things to it: availability, fitness and performance level. Hopefully I am delivering all three."

Asked if he believed he would play on for many more years, he added: "I'd like to think so."

Milner completed his personal medal collection with May's Champions League victory, having earlier won two league titles and an FA Cup while at Manchester City.

"We have won the Champions League. I won't say it is a burden lifted, but to do something like that was the reason I came here; to lift a trophy," he said.

"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.

"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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