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Liverpool contract news: Klopp makes decision over talks to extend deal for trusted midfielder

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Fabinho Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Harvey Elliott

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will reportedly hold talks with a veteran midfielder over the possibility of extending his deal at the end of the season.

James Milner’s current contract runs out in the summer but no decision has yet been made over whether the 37-year-old will remain on Merseyside beyond the end of the current campaign.

There has been talk of the former England midfielder hanging up his boots or even being tempted by one last move elsewhere. However, there remains the possibility of the Reds keeping him on for another campaign, especially given Milner’s versatility to cover more than one position.

But, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, no final decision has been made on the veteran star. Indeed, Klopp and Milner are expected to sit down at the end of the season to discuss his future.

Romano told CaughtOffside: “Nothing has been decided on James Milner’s future yet. Milner will speak with Klopp at the end of the season and make a decision about his future.

“He’s heading towards the end of his contract, but it’s too early to say what happens next. Whether that’s a new deal, a move somewhere else, or even retirement.

“Liverpool are super happy with his involvement but the player and Klopp will speak in the next months, not now.”

Milner played key role in Reds’ success

Milner has been an outstanding servant for the Reds, playing a key role in their Premier League and Champions League triumphs.

In total Milner has 313 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 26 goals in that time.

However, his days of regular starts at Anfield are over, especially with Klopp looking to completely revamp an aging midfield.

The likes of Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Youri Tielemans continue to be linked with a move to Merseyside. But Milner knows his role now is as cover, and the fact that he can also fill in at full-back still makes him a valuable asset.

It just remains to be seen whether Liverpool look to sever ties for a player who has been at Anfield since 2015.

The Reds are next in action on Saturday evening when they face a tough trip to Newcastle.

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