James Milner ‘has agreed a one-year deal and a large pay cut to stay at Liverpool’, with the veteran midfielder set to extend his Premier League career beyond two decades
- Liverpool’s James Milner reportedly agreed a one-year extension to current deal
- The extension will see the Reds’ player reach two decades in the Premier League
- Reports suggest Milner rejected offers from Premier League sides and the MLS
- The 36-year-old midfielder was awarded an MBE by the Queen last week
James Milner has reportedly agreed a one-year contract extension at Liverpool, bringing his stay at Anfield up to eight years by the end of 2023.
In remaining at the Merseyside club until the end of 2022-2023, Milner will also reach two decades of football in the English top flight, having made his Premier League debut for Leeds, aged 16 and 309 days.
The Athletic reports that the former England international has taken a large pay cut and rejected deals from other Premier League sides, as well as a potentially lucrative move to the MLS.
James Milner has the fourth most Premier League appearances, playing for five different clubs
It is thought that the agreement was finalised within the last 48 hours, and an official statement is expected to be made in the next week.
However Milner has supposedly taken a significant drop in wages to remain at Anfield, and the deals that he is thought to have rejected offered the player two years, rather than the one he has signed on for at Liverpool.
Milner has already spent a hugely impressive 19 years and seven months in England’s top flight, having debuted for Leeds against future club Newcastle in 2002.
Milner has won every possible English club trophy, as well as the Champions League
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reported to have ensured him he will be integral to the Reds
Although the midfielder could have left on a free transfer once his contract expired in June, Jurgen Klopp is reported to have ensured him he will be integral to the Reds’ continued success.
And Milner is hardly a bench-warmer for the Champions League finalists either; last season he featured in more than half of the 63 games Liverpool played, taking to the pitch 39 times.
The former Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder has already notched 588 appearances in the league, putting him fourth on the all-time list.
He has developed a reputation as a utility player in recent years, which belies both his commitment to his side and his all-round football knowledge, having played a covering role both in the middle of the park and at right-back for Trent Alexander-Arnold at times.
Milner also joined Gareth Bale in receiving an MBE from the Queen, as part of her birthday honours tradition, for his services to sport.
In his time with Liverpool, the 36-year-old has won a Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup.