Summer signing James Milner has given a wonderful interview as he continues his immersion into life at Liverpool following his Bosman summer arrival from Manchester City.
The official website has published the 29-year-old’s quotes from Thailand, as he prepares for his first pre-season as a Red following the much hyped Premier League switch.
Milner has lauded the club and the role Brendan Rodgers played in convincing him Liverpool was the team for him.
“[Rodgers played] a massive role. Obviously the club didn’t need much selling, it’s a massive, massive club globally and the history is there,” said Milner.
“[I spoke] to the manager and [hearing] his plans for the team and myself as well, he knew a lot about me.
“After that conversation you just feel like you want to go and run through a brick wall for the manager and for the football club.
“He’s that sort of character.”
With Steven Gerrard leaving for MLS, James Milner has an opportunity to establish himself in the side as a central midfielder.
It was in this position that Milner shone so brilliantly for Aston Villa before his multi-million move to the Etihad five years ago, but City preferred to use him in wide positions.
The England international can do a solid job on either flank, but the opportunity to cement a central midfield starting spot alongside our new skipper Jordan Henderson may have been too much to turn down.
“You’re a long time retired and when I’m sat there and I’ve played my last game of football you don’t want to look back and have any regrets and think ‘I should have given that tiny bit more’ or ‘I wish I’d have done this’,” he continued.
“You get one chance. I’m very fortunate, I think this is my 13th pre-season, but time does fly and you’ve got to enjoy it and learn every day you can.
“I’m getting to that stage in my career as well where, hopefully, I can help the younger guys and people can learn off me as much as I’ve learned from the players I’ve played with.
“I’ve got to keep learning and be the best player I can be and look back at the end of my career and think I couldn’t have given any more or be a better player.”