Danny Mills has urged Liverpool to get midfielder James Milner tied down to a new contract at Anfield as he heads into the final year of his current deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back was left raving over the 33-year-old’s professionalism and dedication to the cause, asking why a club would not try to keep him on board.
Milner revealed over the summer that his future at Anfield was in doubt, having expressed a desire to remain at Anfield for at least another season.
Mills says it is a no-brainer to keep him on board if he is happy to stay with the Reds, insisting he is the perfect role model for young players to learn off.
Asked if Milner deserves a new deal at Anfield, Mills told Football Insider: “Without a shadow of a doubt. Look at the influence Vincent Kompany had at Manchester City and they’ve now lost that.
“Milner gives you quality, can play in every single position, probably the fittest man at the football club, that dedication that he’s got, that attitude, he’ll pass it on to the young players as well. He’s a great example for the manager to say: ‘This is what you need to be doing.”
“Why would you not want to keep a player of that calibre around, even if it’s in a capacity where he’s not going to play much. If he’s happy to stay there I would sign him up immediately.”
Milner has 183 appearances under his belt since joining the Reds from Manchester City on a free transfer, with 22 goals and 37 assists under his belt so far.
He has played six times across all competitions this season, although just one of those outings has come in a Premier League starting XI under Jurgen Klopp.