Sources: Klopp tells Liverpool to offer James Milner new deal
Jurgen Klopp is pushing the board at Liverpool to offer James Milner a new deal, sources have told Football Insider.
The versatile 37-year-old is currently set to be out of contract this summer after signing a one-year extension with the Reds last summer.
Klopp is a huge admirer of Milner and is pushing the Liverpool board to replicate the offer and table another one-year extension for the 2023/24 season.
The German boss believes Milner’s leadership and off-pitch presence is crucial to Liverpool’s dressing room atmosphere and believes he would be a huge loss for the club should he leave this summer.
Alongside his off-field contributions, Milner continues to be a valuable member of the playing squad with 32 appearances across all competitions this season.
He has also contributed two assists this campaign.
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When Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015, Milner was one of his first signings through the door, joining on a free transfer from Man City.
The Liverpool boss is a huge admirer of Milner, and he recently told reporters that he wants to keep playing.
“Milly [Milner] wants to keep playing,” said Klopp. “You can’t judge him normal for his age. He is 37, doesn’t look a day like this when he is in training.
“He is an incredibly important player.”
Talks are yet to be opened, but Liverpool are optimistic that a deal could be struck quickly one negotiations begin.