Clinton Morrison says Jurgen Klopp will want to sign James Milner up for a longer contract, suggesting that it might be FSG holding up the deal.
It comes as Milner revealed yesterday that he and his agent had suggested talks should take place between them and the club over extending his contract, which runs out in 12 months, last year, but he has heard nothing since.
It seems odd that nothing has taken place yet, though, of course, these things are not always straight forward and can take time. There is still the chance for a deal to be done, and it seems that Milner is keen to extend his stay.
Morrison said, via the Daily Express: “I can guarantee you on a match day he probably does the most running out of all the players. I bet if you speak to Klopp, he would say get the deal done as soon as possible – it’s the hierarchy [making the decision].
“It’s strange to me, because I would have seven or eight James Milners in my team. You know what you’re going to get week-in week-out: he’ll always give you a seven or eight out of ten.”
Milner is one of the fittest players around and he’ll want to play for a few more years. His experience has also been vital for the Reds over the last few months.
Morrison is suggesting that the owners might not be keen on keeping Milner because of his age – he’ll be 34 next January – which does make sense, but at the same time, they’ve shown in the past to be happy to go with what Klopp and the rest of the backroom staff want.
We think that Milner will probably end up signing another contract sooner rather than later. The fact that he’s come out and admitted that he wants talks to take place perhaps hints he’s confident something can be done.