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Liverpool Roundup: James Milner hopeful of new deal, Xherdan Shaqiri admits frustration, Liam Millar could be sold

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

James Milner hopeful of new deal

Liverpool midfielder James Milner remains hopeful of securing a contract extension at Anfield, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The Mirror reported that, when asked about a potential new deal after scoring a stoppage time penalty to ensure victory over Leicester on Saturday, Milner replied: “Hopefully scoring today hasn’t done any harm so we will see what happens.”

According to The Mirror, the 33-year-old is reportedly in talks with the club about extending his contract at Anfield.

Verdict

Milner may not be an integral presence in Liverpool’s line-up, having started just two of their first eight Premier League games this season, but he again showed tremendous strength of character to bury that last-gasp penalty against Leicester when the Reds’ 100% record in the league looked doomed.

That was the midfielder’s 24th goal for the club and his 17th successful penalty, 11 of which have been decisive in securing either a draw or a win for the Reds.

Milner has also proven capable of filling in at left-back, where there is currently no bespoke backup for Andrew Robertson, so even if he is not a regular starter, his positional flexibility and coolness from the penalty spot should convince Liverpool to keep him at the club beyond the current campaign.

Xherdan Shaqiri frustrated with lack of gametime

In an interview with Schweizer Illustrierte [via Daily Mail], the Switzerland international said: “Of course I’m dissatisfied that I do not play more often. If that is not the reaction of a pro, he’s in the wrong job.

“We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance. I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready.”

Verdict

Shaqiri’s frustration at his lack of gametime is understandable – he has played just 25 minutes this term and has started only once in the last eight months for Liverpool, the 4-0 win over Barcelona in last season’s Champions League semi-finals.

However, after a brilliant December in which he scored four times, he hasn’t netted for Liverpool in 2019 and has had just two assists in that time. [via TransferMarkt]

With the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane already scoring 17 goals between them this season, Shaqiri will likely need to remain patient and seize upon any chances he gets if he wants to show Klopp that he deserves a place in the team.

Reds will listen to offers for Liam Millar

Football Insider reported that Liverpool are willing to listen to any offers for striker Liam Millar in January, with the 20-year-old currently on his second loan spell at Kilmarnock.

According to Football Insider, it is highly doubtful that the Canada international has a future at Anfield and his parent club are open to entertaining any bids for the player when the transfer window reopens in January.

Football Insider added that Liverpool could be willing to sell in January as Millar’s contract expires next summer and he is unlikely to be offered a new deal.

Verdict

Millar showed signs of promise for Liverpool’s youth and reserve teams last season, scoring six times in 15 games, but he has never even made the bench for the Reds’ senior side in a competitive match. [via TransferMarkt]

His record at Kilmarnock has not been convincing, either, with only two goals in 23 appearances for the club, and with the likes of Rhian Brewster getting sporadic minutes at Anfield and Harry Wilson impressing on loan at Bournemouth, the Canadian would have stern competition even to be a backup striker in the Reds’ first-team squad.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that they are ready to sell Millar if an offer comes in for him in January.

Does James Milner deserve a new deal?

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Yes

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Liverpool Roundup: James Milner hopeful of new deal, Xherdan Shaqiri admits frustration, Liam Millar could be sold
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