Liverpool want to keep James Milner around beyond the 2019-20 season and have opened talks with the player’s representatives aimed at extending the 33-year-old mainly midfielder and occasional left back’s current deal.
That’s the story at least according to club-connected journalist James Pearce, who claims talks have taken place and that Milner himself believes he has what it takes to contribute for the Reds beyond the current campaign.
And despite that for many players, 33 would be around when they embrace a bit-part role or a move to a smaller club—or to a quasi-retirement and final payday in MLS—it’s easy to believe that for Milner, there’s more to come.
Last season, Milner was key in a 97-point domestic campaign and sixth European Cup, racking up more than 2,800 minutes—about 32 games worth of football. This season, he’s made two starts and two appearances off the bench.
After a career that began at Leeds and saw him star at Newcastle, Aston Villa, and Manchester City, Milner has made 181 total appearances for the Reds and is likely to surpass the career-high 203 he made for City this season.