Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the club are in talks with James Milner over a new contract at Anfield.
The 33-year-old versatile star played 45 times for the Reds last season as they finished runners-up in the Premier League and won the Champions League.
The former Leeds and Man City man has seen his playing time reduced this season with only one Premier League start, although he has featured in five of the club’s six league games and started in midweek against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.
Klopp though has highlighted Milner’s importance and says the “relationship is very trustful”.
“Nobody is nervous, we are in talks constantly,” Klopp said. “It is really early and we have time to do things with all the players, the relationship is very trustful. We don’t hide information from them, they know always about the situation.
“He just loves what he is doing. He has gone through it all. He did it the hard way with all his clubs, Newcastle, Aston Villa and so on and then with Manchester City he was not a regular starter – he was on the bench and I am not sure if he was ever not in the squad but maybe he had that experience as well one time.”
Milner is out of contract next summer and he could sign a pre-contract agreement in January. The Leeds-born midfielder has been linked with a return to West Yorkshire, but Klopp is hopeful he will stay at Anfield.
“He is now really calm and fine with his career and how it has worked out, but he is still there making the next step,” added Klopp.
“He is very ambitious and that is his nature and that helps a lot for us. It makes it even more important because he can play five positions.
“He is incredibly important for us and that is how it is. It should not be a surprise he is like this. It is an important time for him of course and we will see how we deal with that.”