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James Milner signs new 1-year contract

Milner has negotiated a lower pay package in order to sign a new deal that would extend his stay at Anfield to eight seasons.

James Milner signs new 1-year contract

“I’m delighted to be staying for another season,” Milner told the official Liverpool website. “I’ve never taken my membership in this club for granted, and I never will.

“The notion that I can still contribute to the team was an overarching sense for me – and a critical one in the process. The gaffer was forthright in his opinions, which played a significant role in my decision to prolong my tenure.

“It’s not difficult to get away from it as long as I can still perform my part.” Even if it didn’t have the ending we hoped for, last season was incredible. To be honest, I think that will simply make us all even more hungry for further success. That was how I felt after the march, and it influenced my decision-making as well. It is a one-of-a-kind club.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was a driving force behind the transfer, as he was unwilling to lose a player who made 39 appearances for the club last season.

Milner was offered a new contract before the end of the season, but opted to wait till the end of the season without making a decision on his fate.

Milner’s proposed agreement also guarantees he’ll make 300 games for Liverpool next season, with the experienced midfielder only 11 short after that mark.

Pretty early this year, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp referred to Milner as a “leadership role” at the club, even going so far as to say that neither of the Reds’ recent successes – which would include Champions League and Premier League titles in 2019 and 2020, in both – would have been possible without any of the impact of their No 7.