Ever since he first signed with Manchester City under Roberto Mancini in 2010, James Milner has certainly not failed dramatically at the Etihad – but he hasn’t exactly been one to set the world alight with the Citizens either.
The 29-year-old winger has seen much of his time at City largely spent in and out of the team with no real consistency being achieved on the player’s part. Especially under Manuel Pellegrini throughout the current 2014/15 campaign, the former Aston Villa and Newcastle man has simply been unable to give a true account of himself out on the pitch on a regular basis.
So, as Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool will reportedly be in for the Etihad star when his current contract expires at the end of the season, it seems the determined no. 7 is finally on the verge of tying down some guaranteed game-time in the Premier League.
However, with the Reds supposedly aiming to improve on this season’s disappointing misfortune, are Liverpool really aiming high enough in trying to sign James Milner throughout the coming summer months? The verdict lies somewhat up in the air at this current stage…
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Within the context of this whole debate, it must first be conceded that on his day the Manchester City midfielder really can turn out some truly top performances. Milner is capable of beating his man time and time again on the wing, sending in well measured crosses that often result in his teammates finding the back of the net, and he also proves more than worthy of linking up effectively with the rest of the City squad and providing a strong force in the heart of Pellegrini’s midfield.
Perhaps if the former Villa Park favourite commanded the same level of high profile status as some of his foreign colleagues currently enjoy at the Etihad this season, maybe his manager would see fit to give the quick-footed winger more of a concrete role within his week to week plans.
The reported deal linking James Milner to Anfield next season therefore starts to make a great deal of sense.
Yes, the Reds certainly won’t be getting a world beater on their hands by any stretch of the imagination, and of course Brendan Rodgers will have to seek out a few more names if he wants to truly replicate his sides impressive form of last season – but ultimately seeing as the player in question could arrive in Merseyside on a free transfer come the end of the campaign – this particular move would seemingly have to go down as a good bit of business for Liverpool if it eventually works out.
Alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling, Coutinho, and hopefully Daniel Sturridge if he can regain his fitness sooner rather than later, the current Man City midfielder would certainly fit in well at Anfield with the promise of more match time likely to add that extra dimension to Milner’s overall game.
With the faith of Brendan Rodgers and a new found confidence restored about him, the 29-year-old would seem a good choice for Liverpool – just as long as his potential signing is met with some promising other new additions to the Reds’ squad as well.
James Milner certainly won’t be able to do everything Liverpool need in order to be successful next season. Without the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure on the same side as the no. 7, we have admittedly seen the midfielder somewhat drift out of certain matches and fail to have much of an impact on occasion.
Many of Milner’s games representing England on the international scene bare all the hallmarks of such a notion – but as nearly every so called English star fails to do the business in the Three Lions shirt – maybe this detail shouldn’t have much of an influence in Liverpool’s final decision with all things considered.
The Reds would have seemingly been best advised to avoid such a transfer if the Manchester City winger were valued at the same kind of price tag that brought him to the Etihad in the first place. Yet as James Milner is likely to command the status of a free agent come the end of the season, such a low cost deal will most probably benefit the Reds should they follow through on their reported interest.
As many of Liverpool’s previous signings last summer have failed to make much of an impact this season however, maybe time will simply have to tell in regards to how well James Milner could actually perform at Anfield in the not too distant future.