Liverpool have opened preliminary negotiations with James Milner’s representatives over a new contract at Anfield. Former England international is out of a deal at the end of the campaign and is free to speak to other clubs in winter when he can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs.
James joined the Merseyside club from Man City on a free transfer in 2015 and has played 181 games for Liverpool in four years at Anfield. German tactician considers Milner a valuable senior figure of his squad and his ability to play in several positions is deemed crucial.
The 33-year-old midfielder, for his part, feels he has plenty left to offer on Merseyside, and the footballer has opened talks with the Reds over a new contract. While an agreement has not yet been reached, more negotiations are set to follow, and there’s an expectation on all sides that a resolution will be found.
It’s likely that the Merseyside club will offer English midfielder a 12-month extension on his current terms. Milner made 31 starts in all tournaments the last term. James played 61 matches for his national team over the years. Klopp didn’t sign new midfielders this summer as he is preparing to use an existing resource during this season.
Liverpool started this campaign fantastically as they won all matches and leading the Premier League table. English club signed several footballers this summer like Sepp van der Berg from Zwolle, Harvey Elliott from Fulham and Spanish goalkeeper Adrian. Reds won the Champions League and Super Cup last season and Klopp planning to achieve success in the Premier League.