James Milner: Belief from Jurgen Klopp I can still contribute key to new Liverpool contract

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James Milner has signed a new one-year deal with Liverpool.

The club’s vice-captain, Milner joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City in 2015 and will now remain at Anfield for at least more season.

During his time at the club, the former England captain has won every major trophy available to him, making 289 appearances in all competitions.

Despite his advancing years, the 36-year-old played in 39 games during the 2021/22 campaign, appearing in both domestic cup final wins over Chelsea.

Milner’s glittering career started with hometown club Leeds United way back in 2002 and, upon signing a new deal, he stressed the fact he felt he could still contribute at the top level was one of the main reasons as to why he was staying.

“I’m very pleased to be staying for another season,” Milner told the club’s website.

“I have never taken playing for this club for granted and I never will.

“An overriding feeling for me – and a vitally important one in the process – was the belief I can still contribute to the team. The gaffer was clear what he thought and that was a big factor in me extending my contract.

“Ultimately it was a decision I made, with the support of my family, on the basis of the quality of people at the club; teammates first and foremost, along with the manager and coaches. Plus the brilliant training ground staff, who are the heartbeat of AXA. From the medical room, sports science, the kit department, nutrition, the canteen and office staff. All people who make the team what it is.

“As long as I can still play my part, that’s not something easy to walk away from.”

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