The Reds want the Englishman to replace the skipper.
We are already planning for life after Steven Gerrard as Manchester City midfielder James Milner has become a top priority for the club, reports the Times.
According to the newspaper the fact that Milner is out of contract in the summer – and the chances of him signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium remain in doubt – the England international is viewed as a cost effective replacement.
The 29-year-old made it clear to City manager Manuel Pellegrini this season that he would not be happy to sit on the bench for as long as he has in the past and it appears the Chilean has listened, as the former Aston Villa man has started 10 of the side’s 20 Premier League matches so far this term.
As of January 1 Milner has been able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs and Serie A duo AS Roma and Inter Milan have both been keeping tabs on the Englishman.
The news that Gerrard is leaving Anfield has shocked us Reds fans – but also the wider footballing world – more than perhaps anyone expected, with the 34-year-old having announced he has agreed to join LA Galaxy in the summer.
Replacing the iconic skipper is impossible, but Milner would go some way to easing the pressure when he does eventually leave.