Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are in constant talks with James Milner regarding his future at the European champions.
The 33-year-old midfielder sees his present deal at Anfield expire at the end of the season, meaning he can speak to a prospective future employee at the start of 2020.
Milner at Liverpool: Five key things to know…
- James Milner joined Liverpool from Man City in July 2015.
- He’s since gone on to make 186 appearances for the club, registering 23 goals and 38 assists.
- Across those outings he’s played in a multitude of roles; ranging from left-back to attacking midfield.
- Milner, who has started in one of Liverpool’s opening seven league games, will see his present deal at Anfield expires in June 2020.
- Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has now revealed the club are in constant dialogue with him.
Milner, who joined the Reds from Manchester City in July 2015, has to date featured across six of Liverpool’s opening seven Premier League outings but only started in their 2-1 win at Southampton, a game that saw him lead out Klopp’s men.
Since his initial arrival he’s become renowned for his versatility, having played across a multitude of roles (most notably at left-back in the early days of Klopp’s reign), as well as his tireless endeavours and professionalism.
He’s subsequently become a fan favourite, and former Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal even namechecked him as the perfect example of a team player. However, the multifunctional Leeds-born footballer retains a streak of ambition and could seek pastures new.
Klopp, grateful for his contribution and what he can still offer, is not keen to see him leave and quelled any reports of anxiety by stressing there’s still dialogue between the club and the player.
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“Nobody is nervous, we are in talks constantly, but there is nothing for the public at the moment,” he told reporters
“It is really early, it is still September and we have time to do things with all the players, the relationship is very trustful.
“We don’t hide information from them – they know always pretty much exactly what we think and if they didn’t think it was true then they know that as well. And we just need time to do a couple of things and that is for both sides the same.
“He is very ambitious and that is his nature and that helps a lot for us. It makes it even more important because he can play five positions. He is incredibly important for us and that is how it is.”