Manchester City star James Milner is being tipped to reject a switch to Liverpool if they are unable to qualify for the Champions League next season, according to reports from the Telegraph.
The 29-year-old has refused to sign a new deal to extend his stay as he believes he is not getting enough regular playing time at the Etihad.
Despite ongoing contract talks the past few months, Milner is set to become a free agent and has emerged as a top midfielder target for manager Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
However, after a string of disappointing results for the Reds, they are now trailing fourth place Manchester United by seven points, with only four games left to play.
Finishing fifth means Liverpool will be out of next season’s Champions League campaign, a factor that could persuade the England international to remain at City.
The former Leeds United ace has revealed that he will only extend his stay if the club can promise him a more regular role, with the midfielder only being given 14 league starts so far this season.