James Milner signs a new contract with Liverpool



Veteran midfielder James Milner has signed a new one-year deal with Liverpool, the Premier League club announced on Monday.

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Since arriving on a free transfer in 2015, Milner has helped Jurgen Klopp’s side win six major honors, including the Champions League and Premier League.

Liverpool were chasing an unprecedented quadruple in the 2021/22 season after winning both domestic cups, but closed one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City and lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Milner, whose contract is due to expire later this month, has played 289 games and scored 26 goals since joining Anfield from Manchester City.

He made 39 appearances last season, albeit only 14 as a starter, and is said to have accepted a contract on significantly reduced personal terms.

The former England midfielder is believed to have turned down offers from the Premier League and overseas to stay at Anfield.

Milner, who made his Premier League debut with Leeds in 2002, played as full-back and midfield with Klopp,

“I am very happy to be staying for another season,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I have never assumed playing for this club and never will.

“An overriding feeling for me – and vitally important in the process – was the belief that I could still contribute to the team. The gaffer was clear what he was thinking and this was an important factor for me to extend my contract. “

He added: “Last season was extraordinary, even if it didn’t have the ending we were hoping for. But I think this will only make us all hungry for more success. “

Five Liverpool players – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – are about to enter the final 12 months of their existing contracts.

While the talks with Salah dragged on, colleague Sadio Mane is attracting the interest of Bayern Munich.