Milner won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup during his five years at City but decided to make the move down the East Lancs road to Liverpool despite the Reds winning only a solitary League Cup during the same time period.
Milner, however, had grown tired of irregular action at the Etihad Stadium and is looking forward to nailing down a place in the central midfield of a team he feels sure can challenge for major honours in the coming seasons.
“This move was a selfish move for me,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “I played at City in different positions. The team will always come first, that’s the way I believe it should be.
“But I think the move to come to here and take that mantle on myself was more of a selfish move and hopefully I can contribute to success at Liverpool. I’d like to think you will see the best of me now I am in the central role.
“Liverpool nearly won the title two years ago so it’s not that much of a closed shop.
“It’s hard for every team in the Premier League. To go and win the Premier League is so much harder. But everything is there for us to be successful – the ground, the fans, the manager, the players – and this club is used to being successful. This is a chance for me to prove something.
“I want to look back at my career and feel I got everything out of it and was the best player I could be and won as much as I possibly could. I don’t want to be sat at the end of my career thinking I could have done more, or left something out there.
“I believe I can achieve things here where I could maybe have found myself on the bench at City. That doesn’t mean I am guaranteed to play in every game at Liverpool, but I feel I have a better chance of playing every week if I perform.”
Speculation in Sunday’s newspapers suggests Leicester are interested in Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert and have also been offered, along with Aston Villa, Fabio Borini.