It’s been a busy few days for Liverpool, and the good news just keeps coming with the club officially announcing that James Milner has signed a two-year deal that will extend his stay beyond the end of the 2019-20 season.
With Milner’s contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, there had been some speculation in recent weeks as to what his future might hold—especially since he would be free to negotiate with other clubs starting in January.
However, journalists with ties to the club continually insisted that a new contract for Milner was a priority for the Liverpool brass and manager Jürgen Klopp, which makes today’s news pleasant if not entirely unexpected.
“I’ve been lucky and privileged to play for this club for four-and-a-half years now,” said the 33-year-old midfielder and vice-captain. “It has been an amazing time seeing how the club is changing and developing.
“I just enjoy coming into training every day, working with this group of players, this manager and coaching staff, and being part of this football club. We had discussions with the club and this was obviously the ideal for me.
“This was what I wanted to do—stay and play at the highest level as long as I can. Liverpool is an unbelievable place to be and we’re a very, very good football team and hopefully we can keep improving.”
To date, Milner has made 198 total appearances for Liverpool since joining, the second most for any one club in his career and just five behind his Manchester City tally of 2013—a number he could match by the end of the calendar year.
Regardless exactly when he does match and then pass that total, it won’t be long before Milner has played more games for the Reds than with anyone else, and that’s a tally that now won’t stop going up when the season ends.