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Liverpool Offer One-Year Contract Extension To This Veteran Midfielder: Good Move For Both Parties?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato revealed that Liverpool have offered a one-year contract extension to James Milner whose current deal is set to run out in the summer. It is understood that the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants the English midfield ace to stay for at least another season at Anfield.

Milner’s Important Role At Anfield This Season

Milner has been a sporadic presence in Jurgen Klopp’s squad during this campaign but has managed to produce a few solid displays at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. The 36-year-old has been involved in 25 matches for the Reds this season, picking up three assists across all competitions.

The English playmaker has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.0 clearances and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in Premier League. He has even been tidy when distributing possession from midfield after completing 83.8% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Liverpool’s English midfielder James Milner (L) views with Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in London on January 2, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Liverpool Offer Milner A One-Year Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Milner is an experienced midfielder who can get stuck in with a few solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition. He loves to fight for every loose possession at the centre of the park and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when needed. The English talent remains a decent playmaker and can even deliver some dangerous crosses into the opponent’s penalty box. At 36, he still might have a couple of decent years left in him to play at a good level which makes him a solid option for Liverpool to retain this summer.

At the moment, Milner is still an important member of Klopp’s match-day squad. He can still do a good job whenever he has been called up for his first-team duties.

Thus, it makes sense for the Reds to tie Milner down to a new short-term deal. He will increase competition for places within Liverpool‘s squad and could continue serving as a great role model for the club’s younger players next season. With all things considered, Milner’s contract extension would be a good move for both the player and the Merseyside club as they look to win a few more trophies together in the upcoming campaign.

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