Jurgen Klopp is keen to reward veteran James Milner with a new contract to extend his stay at Anfield, as per the Liverpool Echo.
The Champions League winners are yet to make a marquee signing this window despite setting precedent by splashing out on Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson in 2018 and it appears one of their main priorities is to secure the former Newcastle man’s immediate future.
At 33, Milner is the current oldest player and most experienced player in the Liverpool squad with 516 Premier League games to his name, though is showing little sign of slowing down.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 6, 2019
Compared to a fine wine by his manager in October 2018, he has been demonstrating his reputation (something The Telegraph has spoken about in the past) as one of the fittest players in the squad by dominating the pre-season tests at Melwood over the weekend.
The former Leeds man featured in 45 games for the Reds last season, which saw them come desperately close to winning the Premier League title – falling one point shy of Manchester City – and take home to the ultimate European prize.
In fact, he made the team sheet in all bar one match in the run to the Champions League final – starting 10 of them – and created the chance from the corner spot which Divock Origi dispatched to seal the trophy.
Prior to the final in Madrid, Klopp described the two-time Premier League winner as a ‘leader’, so extending his contract does appear to be yet another smart decision from the club as they look to win the top prize in England, a target set out by John Henry last month.
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