It looks like the Reds may have found their replacement for Steven Gerrard: Man City’s James Milner.
Liverpool is set to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner as one of their first major moves of the transfer period.
According to the Daily Star, the 29-year-old midfielder turned down an offer to stay with Manuel Pellegrini’s club over playing time concerns and will instead join the Reds – which has a noticeable hole since Steven Gerrard finished his Premier League career at the end of this past season.
The Daily Star reported that the Reds are believed to have offered Milner a contract worth £150,000-a-week despite an offer from Manchester City for approximately £165,000-a-week. But playing time appeared to win out as Milner is poised to have a very good chance to start following a season where he made 8 goals in 45 total appearances for Man City.
Though Milner never wore the captain’s armband with either Man City or his prior club, Aston Villa, former Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher didn’t rule out the possibility of Milner taking over the spot left by Liverpool’s legendary midfielder – who is now set to play for the LA Galaxy in the MLS.
“The fact that (Liverpool manager Brendan) Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this season’s captain – even though he was captain in Steven Gerrard’s absence last season – makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband,” Carragher said.