Paul Robinson has explained why Liverpool would be unwise to let James Milner leave as a free agent this summer.
Milner’s contract expires in the summer with his stay at Anfield potentially coming to an end. Since signing from Manchester City at the end of his previous contract, Milner has become a fan-favourite during his time at the club.
Milner’s versatility is second to none within the Reds’ squad. The 36-year-old has played all across the midfield and in both full-back positions during his stay on Merseyside.
The midfielder has appeared 286 times for Liverpool in all competitions so far. In that time, he has contributed to 69 goals over the seven seasons he has played for the club.
The 36-year-old has also added to his personal trophy cabinet since joining the Reds. He has helped Liverpool scoop many trophies, including the Champions League, Carabao Cup and the long-awaited Premier League title.
With his contract expiring however, his future at Anfield is undecided.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken on where Milner’s future lies.
“Millie decides that,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website at the beginning of May.
Robinson on Milner’s future
Former Premier League goalkeeper Robinson has now lauded Milner’s contribution to the Reds and how he is “an example to all young, aspiring footballers.”
In doing so, he explained why he’s be surprised if Milner doesn’t get one or even two more years at Anfield.
“He shows you how to look after yourself, keep fit and play at the top level for your entire career.
“I think he will sign another contract. I think he is capable of playing for at least another year.
“He is not just there for his leadership and experience. He showed against Newcastle that he still has a lot to give on the pitch as well.
“I don’t think he’s covering any less ground than he did in the past. He is still making tackles and spotting key passes. Everything is what you would expect.
“I would be surprised if he doesn’t play more than one more season for Liverpool.”
Milner has been a complete professional whilst at Liverpool. He joined the team in a period of rebuild and took a chance. If he is to leave the club, he will leave as a integral part to Klopp’s era.
The impact Milner has had on Liverpool
Klopp has also recently compared Milner’s attributes to that of Luka Modric.
He added: “No, but it would be interesting to look at Luka Modric – is he not 36 as well?
“Obviously a good generation! It’s difficult to be fitter than Millie. He’s a role model.”
This showcases the amount of talent the midfielder has produced during his time at the club. He left Man City after winning two titles and took a gamble when joining Klopp’s men.
Over the course of this season, according to WhoScored, Milner has averaged a rating of 6.53. He has also assisted his team-mates three times so far.
Despite being 36, Milner still oozes talent and has a lot to give to Liverpool. If re-signed, he would remain a squad player, albeit a a very valuable one at that.