James Milner Liverpool future revealed; As the reds generational No. 7 reaches crossroads.
Liverpool’s sensational James Milner who is one of the reds longest-serving players will be leaving Liverpool Fc as a free agent at the end of the season, while Adam Beattie looks back on the legacy of such generational talent.
Gary McAllister, Markus Babbel, Joel Matip, Fabio Aurelio. In the modern era, Liverpool’s record of accumulating top first-team players free of charge has been a relatively positive one.
However normally, you hardly get across one but you’d be hard-pressed to find one more influential than James Milner, both on and off the football pitch.
James Milner since joining the reds in the summer of 2015, the Leeds-born midfielder has become Liverpool’s longest-serving wearer of the famous No. 7 shirt in the Premier League era and has gone on to make more appearances for Liverpool FC more than any other team in his career.
Milner currently sits fourth in the all-time Premier League appearances list, and just behind Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi in the list of Liverpool’s longest-serving current players at senior level, all of this in a squad whose achievements have transcended its generation.
So what will James Milner’s legacy look like when he waves goodbye to Anfield, at what is likely to be the end of the season?
What Manuel Pellegrini had to say about the Yorkshireman in an interview with the Mail towards the end of his spell at Man City:
“It would be very difficult to find a more complete player than Milner.
“There are players who are better technically. There are quicker players. There are players who head the ball better.
“But show me a player who does all the things that Milner does well, and there isn’t one.”
It however feels like staunch praise and a backhanded compliment in equal measure.
Milner is undoubtedly highly thought of by peers and supporters alike, but it is a reputation based predominantly on professionalism and work ethic, highlighted by the astounding levels of physical fitness he has demonstrated even during the twilight years of his career.
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