Milner vows to ‘sort something out’ as Liverpool contract nears expiration

Date published: Monday 28th October 2019 7:04 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has said he is keen to “sort something out” with Liverpool as he enters the final few months of his current contract.

Milner, signed by the Reds in 2015, has grown to become a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s side due to his versatility, the 33-year-old often seen filling in at full-back in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Englishman – a firm fan favourite at Anfield – also opened up about how he has never considered letting up on working to stay in peak condition despite his age.

“Someone said to me, a few years back, that I’m going to have to rein it in in training, and look after myself a bit.

“I didn’t agree. I felt that the more I pushed myself, then the higher level I get in terms of fitness. I still feel very good and no different to what I did six years ago.



“My contract with Liverpool is up the end of the season but hopefully we’ll sort something out. I want to keep going as long as possible at the highest level.”

Milner also spoke about Liverpool‘s near miss in the race for the Premier League title, admitting it was clear to see the nervousness around Anfield as the battle between the Reds and Manchester City wore on.

“[The fans] started getting quite nervous early in the title race last season,” the midfielder added. “It was the first time I had sensed that atmosphere at Anfield. But nothing really changes in the dressing room.

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 21: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammate Jordan Henderson during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“The lads are always calm and confident and hopefully winning the Champions League settles people down. I hope they can just enjoy it. As much as people want the trophy, it’s the journey that you enjoy most.

“It’s so difficult to win the league. I’ve been fortunate to win it a couple of times [with Manchester City] and last year we were so close. We were flying. We were winning every week and felt we should be 10 points clear.

“And you’re still second. Last year, if you’d have said: ‘You’ll only lose one [league] game all season,’ I’d have snapped your hand off. But it wasn’t good enough.”

Having restored their six point lead at the top of the table with victory over Tottenham on Sunday, Liverpool host Arsenal in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

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