Liverpool announced yesterday James Milner, from Manchester City, as their 1st recruit in the upcoming summer transfer window. James has always suggested he wanted to play more regularly but usually found himself quite low in the pecking order, below the likes of Nasri, Navas, Fernandinho etc.
He will leave a club in the Champions League to play for a club that will be plying their trade in the UEFA Europa League. He brings with him experience of winning two PL titles, something that only Kolo Toure in the current LFC squad can boast about.
Milner is not someone who will grab the headlines with his football but there’s one thing that is guaranteed every time he pulls on an LFC shirt and that is to give his 100% for the club’s cause. The need for Liverpool in this crucial rebuilding stage is to find players that are ready to come in and stake a place in the starting XI.
Milner has played for the likes of Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa in the past and will now don the crest of the Liverbird upon his chest. He has also represented England 53 times in his career and hence most LFC fans seem appeased about the player they are getting.
Even in his relatively scarce playing time the grafter has managed to have more assists (7) than anyone in the current LFC squad barring Jordan Henderson (9). He has created as many chances (52) as the outgoing club icon Steven Gerrard in 2014-15. He also creates chances at an average of 1.62 per game which is only slightly worse than Coutinho who does the same at 1.66 per game.
He will be a vital cog in LFC’s high pressing set up as he wins at least 2.30 tackles per 90 minutes. He also trumps the likes of Hendo, Gerrard, Sterling and Coutinho with 1.18 interceptions every 90 minutes.
He’s also a very versatile player and the kind that attracts manager Brendan Rodgers, who has reportedly told him he will feature in the center of midfield next season.
This transfer has also seen a change in the philosophies with regards to transfers in the recent past, now going for an experienced 29 year old, unlike the buy young talented players who can be taken to the next level. Brendan Rodgers will be happy with his latest recruit but Liverpool will need to keep up the good work they’ve done so far in order to ruffle the feathers of the club’s that finished above them last season.