Liverpool midfielder James Milner ‘agrees to one-year deal to stay at Anfield’

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James Milner ‘agreed on a one-year contract and a significant pay cut to stay at Liverpool’ with the veteran midfielder set to extend his Premier League career beyond two decades

  • Liverpool’s James Milner has reportedly agreed to a one-year extension on the current deal
  • The extension will see the Reds player reach two decades in the Premier League
  • Reports suggest Milner has rejected offers from Premier League and MLS sides
  • The 36-year-old midfielder was awarded an MBE by the Queen last week

James Milner has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract extension at Liverpool, taking his stay at Anfield to eight years by the end of 2023.

By staying at the Merseyside club until the end of 2022-23, Milner will also achieve two decades of football in the English top flight, having made his Premier League debut for Leeds aged 16 years and 309 days.

Athletic report that the former England international has taken a major pay cut and rejected deals from other Premier League sides, as well as a potentially lucrative move to MLS.

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James Milner has the fourth most Premier League appearances, playing for five different clubs

The deal is believed to have been finalized within the last 48 hours, with an official statement expected to be made next week.

However, Milner reportedly suffered a significant wage cut to stay at Anfield, and the deals he reportedly rejected offered the player two years, rather than the one he signed at Liverpool.

Milner has already spent a hugely impressive 19 years and seven months in the English top flight, having made his debut for Leeds against future club Newcastle in 2002.

Milner won every possible English club trophy, plus the Champions League

Milner won every possible English club trophy, plus the Champions League

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly assured him he would be an integral part of the Reds

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly assured him he would be an integral part of the Reds

Although the midfielder could have left on a free transfer once his contract expired in June, Jurgen Klopp has reportedly assured him that he will be an integral part of the Reds’ continued success.

And Milner is no bench warmer for Champions League finalists either; last season he featured in more than half of Liverpool’s 63 games, taking the pitch 39 times.

The former Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder has already notched 588 league appearances, placing him fourth on the all-time list.

He has developed a reputation as a utility player in recent years, which belies both his commitment to his side and his overall knowledge of football, having played a cover role both in the middle of the park and at the back right of Trent Alexander-Arnold sometimes.

Milner also joined Gareth Bale in receiving an MBE from the Queen, as part of his birthday honors tradition, for his services to sport.

In his time with Liverpool, the 36-year-old won a Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

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