James Milner reveals why he extended Liverpool contract
While speaking in an interview with the club’s official site, James Milner, vice-captain of Liverpool, discussed his decision to extend his contract at Anfield last month as well as his goals for an eighth season on Merseyside.
The Englishman, 36, who joined the Reds in 2015 on a free transfer from Manchester City has since won all the major trophies possible at Anfield. To call him a sensational Bosman addition would be fitting.
Milner sat down with Liverpool’s official media team and shared his happiness at signing a new contract with the club. Milner is now away in Austria taking part in preseason training with the rest of the team.
“Delighted. It’s an incredible football club. The support we get all over the world, the group of players and staff that I’m lucky enough to be working with every day, the size of the club.”
The Liverpool vice-captain said that after speaking with the management, he was convinced that he should take the step and stay put. He was pretty relieved to pen down a new contract at Anfield.
“It was something I didn’t really think about too strongly until the end of the season. Speaking to the club, they were happy with that. It was always my preference that I wanted to stay.”
After agreeing to a new deal, James Milner reiterated that staying at Liverpool was always his preference. The seasoned midfielder signed new terms in June to extend his time with the Reds until 2023.
For the past seven years, Milner has been at an ever-present Anfield and has assisted Jurgen Klopp in leading the team to every title imaginable. His versatility and leadership have been major driving forces for the Reds.
However, the 36-year-old is no longer a regular and only made nine Premier League starts the previous year. In the pecking order, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, and Naby Keita were all in front. He has been impressive, though, whenever given the chance.
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Milner is showing no signs of slowing down and continues to live up to his moniker of ‘The Machine’ amid demanding preseason drills. His statement shows how committed he is to the project. Even though he might not have the advantage of age, his hunger would certainly help him put out crucial performances in difficult moments for Liverpool.