How will James Milner be remembered when he finally hangs up the boots? The 34-year-old veteran has been a bit of a journeyman. He started his Premier League career with his boyhood club, Leeds United, making 48 league appearances with them. Milner then moved on to Newcastle, adding another 94 appearances for the Magpies, and then to Aston Villa, where he featured an additional 100 times.
However, when the dust settles, he’ll probably be remembered as either a Liverpool or Manchester City player. The former England international oversaw the resurgence of both clubs. He finished his City career with 147 appearances, 2 league titles, an FA Cup, and a League Cup.
He’ll very likely eclipse both the total number of appearances and honors won at Liverpool. Milner has made 145 appearances in Red, and his silverware haul is starting to be just as impressive—a European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and soon, the league title.
But perhaps, he’ll be remembered more for any one club, and instead as a Premier League mainstay. He currently sits 6th in all-time appearances, but if he gets the call against Everton on Sunday, he will equal Gary Speed on 535 total appearances.
With two more appearances, he’ll have 5th spot alone to himself, and will have equaled the number of appearances for Liverpool as he had with City. He would be behind David James (572 appearances), Frank Lampard (609), Ryan Giggs (632), and Gareth Barry (653).
He’s currently contracted for two more years at Liverpool. Hopefully there’s enough left in the tank for Milner to move further up the list, and to continue leading the Reds to more shiny things.