The arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield has revolutionised Liverpool in the last four years but if they have achieved or improved upon anything, former England international James Milner can be said to be a huge part of this story. The Reds garnered the highest points ever for a second placed team in the League and shocked fans to qualify for the Champions League final for consecutive season after an incredible come back against Barcelona.
Before the appointment of Klopp in the summer of 2015, Liverpool struggled to assert themselves as one of the biggest clubs in England for a particular period. Klopp has succeeded to make that seamless – although they lost the League marginally, they are favourites for the champions League title.
Known for his very pragmatic and high pressing style of football, Klopp has been able to blend youth and experience for the mugsmashers. At the heart and core of Klopp’s squad is Milner, who has brought his experience and versatility to bare whenever he is called upon. The 33-year-old star plays naturally from the middle of the pack but he is also efficient when deployed as a wing back..
He joined Liverpool in the summer of 2015 after the Citizens thought he was surplus to their requirements but he has being a key player for the Reds. He may have surpassed the twilight of his career but you cannot ignore his contribution. He featured in 31 League games for the Reds this season and scored five goals.
Although the Reds have a plethora of young top-notch players, Milner has showed that he is indispensable at the moment. He is in the final months of his contract but he has not been offered a new contract – reports have indicated that his boyhood club Leeds United and French club PSG are all lurking around Anfield to sign the star.
Liverpool should not allow Milner leave and should ensure they hand him a deal. Barring his on-field qualities, he is known to be a leader off the pitch. Milner can play one more season at Anfield and so deserves a new deal.