James Milner signed for us on a free transfer 12 months ago.
The England midfielder had come to the conclusion that he wasn’t getting enough game time at Man City and he was looking for an escape route.
He agent, Matthew Buck, has now revealed how much competition we fought off to make sure we got our man.
According to him, Milner had offers from 14 clubs – including sides from both Italy and Spain.
“It was a difficult decision for James,” Buck said to the 5Times podcast (cited on Echo).
“He assessed all his options, looked at his age and how often he was playing, and just felt he wasn’t getting as many starts at Man City as he would have liked.
“From January onwards we had interest from Italy and Spain. In total about 14 clubs made contact. At the end of May we had a few meetings with Liverpool and James quickly realised that it was a challenge he wanted to take.”
It’s proved to be a largely positive move for Milner – he was named vice-captain upon his arrival and quickly won over Klopp after Rodgers was sacked last October.
Two cup finals followed – both of which sadly ended in defeat – but he’s proved how much Klopp values him after the German decided to make him a left-back rather than dipping into the inflated transfer market.
Only time will tell whether or not Klopp views him as a long-term solution in that position.