James Milner’s contract expires at the end of the season and some Liverpool fans are hoping the club decides against renewing his deal after The Athletic’s James Pearce said initial talks have taken place over an extension.
The former Manchester City player signed for the Reds in 2015 and has since become an important player for Jurgen Klopp, making 181 appearances for the club, including 12 games in the Champions League last term as Liverpool won their sixth title.
However, this season he has founded his chances reduced, starting just two games out of the six the Anfield outfit have played so far.
As a result, Klopp and the club could decide they want to improve on him by next summer, preferring a younger, fresher face who may be able to provide something different, either in attack or defence.
Of the fans who don’t want to see Milner’s contract extended, some want to see Marko Grujic given an increased first-team role in the squad, and that could be one option that is currently being considered, despite the fact the 23-year-old has only 14 first-team appearances to his name.
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Here are some of the reactions from Liverpool fans who hope the club doesn’t extend the 33-year-old’s contract.
If this at the expense of Grujic, we riot
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) September 10, 2019
Perfect time to replace him
— KierownikWodopoju (@BoyBetterKnown_) September 10, 2019
Really want to see Grujic get game time here, Milner has been good but at this stage I don’t see what he brings that isn’t already there; could be impactful off the pitch but I thought that’s what the captain normally does.
— . (@SKh1997) September 10, 2019
James Milner should not be getting a new contract
— Neil (@BurpleMan) September 10, 2019
As much as I like Milner him and Lallana r a big downgrade on the rest of r midfielders the end of this season he shud go
— Nathan (@_Nathanshapland) September 10, 2019
Would be brilliant business to have him in a coaching roll in the future but would honestly prefer to have a younger option like Grujic have a go. Milner will be 35 next season and despite what a lactic acid test shows, he already struggles with the pace in some games
— Jamie Kirk⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Jamie_792) September 10, 2019
— Aaron (@LFCAaron_) September 10, 2019