James Milner has joked that he was the reason behind Jurgen Klopp extending his contract with Liverpool.
On a busy day at Anfield, both Klopp and Milner have signed new deals with the Reds and have each extended their time on Merseyside by two years.
The German coach still had two-and-a-half-years to go on his deal but has now committed until 2024, while Milner was set to be out of contract at the end of the current season.
And the Liverpool Echo report that when speaking about committing himself to the European champions, the Leeds-born player claimed that his decision to stay encouraged his manager to do the same.
“Obviously the gaffer waited to sign his dependent on whether I signed mine, so that makes me a feel bit more important!”, the 33-year-old quipped.
After joining on a free transfer in 2015, Milner has made 198 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 25 goals. He has also acted as vice-captain throughout his time in red after being appointed to the role by Brendan Rodgers.
On his decision to sign a new deal, he said: “I’ve been lucky and privileged to play for this club for four-and-a-half years now, it has been an amazing time seeing how the club is changing and developing.
“I just enjoy coming into training every day, working with this group of players, this manager and coaching staff, and being part of this football club.
“We had discussions with the club and this was obviously the ideal for me, this was what I wanted to do – stay and play at the highest level as long as I can.
“Liverpool is an unbelievable place to be and we’re a very, very good football team and hopefully we can keep improving.”