Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has sensationally claimed that Manchester City midfielder James Milner could become the club's new captain.
As reported by Sky Sports, Carragher has insisted that the England international will make a great signing for the Merseyside outfit, claiming that he's expecting him to be handed a role in the middle of the park for the 2015/16 campaign.
Milner, of course, has enjoyed a remarkable stint in Manchester, winning numerous titles under the likes of Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, but it now appears that he's set to leave the club behind sooner rather than later.
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With his current contract at the Etihad set to run out at the end of this month, recent reports have heavily linked him with a move to Anfield, and Carragher believes he could even take over from Steven Gerrard as the club's new skipper.
“Brendan Rodgers will have spoken to him about where he sees him fitting in but he's very similar to Jordan Henderson,” Carragher wrote on Kicca.
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“I have no doubt one reason he's joining is to play in a more central role rather than out wide. Could Milner play a holding role? Maybe, but I don't think that's what suits him.
“His main strength is his engine which could suit him and Jordan to both play alongside a holding midfielder (Emre Can?) but his best position is tucked in from the right in a central role which is also Jordan Henderson's so it'll be interesting how those two fit into next year’s midfield set up.
“The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn't confirm Jordan Henderson as this season’s captain even though he was captain in Gerrard's absence last season makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband.
“Was that another thing that enticed Milner to join?”
As well as tipping him to potentially become the club's new captain, Carragher has insisted that Milner will bring a great deal of experience to the side, as the Reds go about improvement in the immediate future.
The club hero continued by saying: “I think it's a very good signing - a free transfer who can play in a few positions and got great experience.
“A good character which you can see from the fact he's left Man City in the Champions League for Liverpool.
“That shows regular starts mean more to him at this time than being a squad player with more chance of picking up trophies at City.”
There's no doubt about it, if Liverpool manage to secure the player's services, then they should be very pleased ahead of the new season. At the end of the day, Milner is proven at the highest level, and will no doubt have a huge role to play at the club from the get-go.
And perhaps, when discussing the captaincy, Carragher has a point: Milner, on the club and international scene, has a great deal of experience, and would no doubt help the youngsters shine at Anfield.
It really could prove an inspired choice, too. The club are clearly in need of freshening things up, so perhaps 'Captain Milner' actually makes sense.
What do you think Liverpool fans? Should Milner be handed the role of captain? Have your say in the comments section below!
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