Liverpool will be able to count on James Milner for another season at least, with the star willing to take a drop in his salary to remain at Anfield.
There are a number of contract situations for Liverpool to deal with at present. They are focusing on what to do with their famed front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, all of whom have terms expiring at the end of next season.
But an even more pressing issue is that of James Milner. The dependable midfielder is out of contract this June.
At the age of 36, he remains a fundamental member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Even though he is no longer a regular starter, he has still amassed 25 appearances so far this season.
Milner has been drawing interest from a number of other Premier League clubs. One report earlier this week named Crystal Palace and Watford as potential suitors.
It was followed by rumours of a return to Aston Villa. Alternatively still, the idea of going all the way back to boyhood club Leeds has often been considered a possibility.
However, Milner appears intent on staying at Anfield. To that end, Liverpool are reported to have opened talks over a one-year contract extension.
Now Danny Mills is backing Klopp’s decision to extend the veteran star’s stay – even though another deal would take him well beyond the age of 37.
And speaking to Football Insider, Mills suggests Milner will likely take a drop in wages in a big show of committment.
“I’ve been quite surprised about people kicking up a fuss about this,” Mills said.
“People saying ‘I can’t believe they’re going to give James Milner a new contract, he hardly plays’.
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“They’re not going to offer him £500,000-a-week, it’s going to be relative. I assume it’s going to be less than he’s earning now.
“It will be relative to the number of games he’s played and there will be a bit of loyalty thrown in there too.
“He’s very, very good around the place, he’s reliable, he’s professional. He sets the right example to the other players and the players coming through because he’s got a wealth of experience.
“It’s up to James Milner….