James Milner is in line to be offered a one-year contract extension at Liverpool this summer, Anfield Edition understands.
With his current deal set to expire next Summer, Klopp sees the 32-year-old as an invaluable member of the squad and will reward him with an extension to his existing contract.
Having joined from Manchester City on a free transfer back in 2015, Milner was seen as a utility player when he arrived, famously playing as a left-back for much of last season. However, this season he has been given the time to thrive in a midfield role given the arrival of Andrew Robertson and has seized the opportunity.
Having featured in 41 of Liverpool’s 49 games so far this season, Milner has been continuously used both off the bench and in the starting lineup by Jurgen Klopp. Also captaining the side on eight occasions, Milner’s leadership qualities and experience are set to be rewarded with an extension to his current £120,000-a-week deal.
Milner has become a mainstay in Liverpool’s Champions League sides also, having played every minute of Liverpool’s two legs against Porto and Manchester City. The midfielder has been so crucial in Liverpool being so dominant in these matches, with a man-of-the-match performance in the first leg against Manchester City standing out in particular.
His work rate and tackling ability is easily the best out of Liverpool’s current crop of midfielders and the boss clearly feels his utility will be needed over the next two seasons.
With the imminent arrival of Naby Keita and Liverpool continually linked to the likes of Ruben Neves and Jorginho – his playing time could be reduced going forward but that it no way takes away from his role in the dressing room.
While it may seem cliché to say this about a veteran English midfielder, his leadership qualities and experience is something that should never be understated.
Milner won the Premier League twice with Manchester City and knows what it takes to hold your nerve come the back-end of the season – something that nobody else in this current squad has experience of. Should Liverpool aim to challenge for the title next season; Milner is indispensable.