Outgoing Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has given his backing to the man who is set to replace him. James Milner will likely be the key addition to our team in the centre of the park this summer and the Reds legend is confident that his former England teammate will be a hit on Merseyside.
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Earlier this month, Milner became the first of three signings we’ve made this summer. He’s since been joined by Burnley striker Danny Ings and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. However, it’s the addition of the former Manchester City man that has got Gerrard most excited.
In quotes taken by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “He’ll bring a vast majority of experience. I think it’s a very safe signing in the fact that he’s won things. He’s a proven winner – I think he’s still hungry. I know he’s a very fit boy, very professional and he won’t let anyone down.”
Milner has indeed enjoyed plenty of success during his time with City – winning two Premier League titles as well as both the FA Cup and the League Cup. Although he went without a trophy last season, it was actually his most productive in a City shirt, as he scored eight goals in 45 appearances.
“I know James very well and he’ll be very eager to come and prove to Liverpool fans that he’s good enough to be in the XI,” Gerrard continued. “So that made sense – we got him on a free transfer as well, so really happy with that one.
“He’ll settle in very quickly. He’s used to the league, he’s very experienced at domestic level and a very experienced international player. I think he’ll bring energy to the midfield, he’s a good passer, he’s safe in possession. I’m very confident he’ll slot in very nicely and he’ll adapt to Brendan’s way of playing very quickly.
“I can picture him now with Lucas [Leiva], Joe Allen and [Jordan] Henderson and I can see them doing a good job.”
Liverpool fans will certainly be hoping that Gerrard proves to be right as we look to bounce back from a disappointing Premier League season, which saw us finish sixth and miss out on a place in the Champions League.