James Milner signing for Liverpool pleases former Red Mark Lawrenson

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Mark Lawrenson believes James Milner will help Liverpool attract more top-class players this summer.

Milner signed for the Reds earlier this week on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract with Manchester City and will reportedly earn £150,000-a-week at Anfield.

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The 29-year-old will join Brendan Rodgers' squad in July for pre-season training and the Northern Irishman will be hoping to bring in more names to strength his side in preparation for the 2015/16 season.

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Lawrenson feels that Milner's presence will aid Rodgers sign more of Europe's elite.

"James Milner is a very good signing for Liverpool. Now let’s hope is the first of many," the Match Of The Day pundit wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

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"He is very experienced, and is versatile enough to play in several positions.

"He’s also rarely injured, has a consistent high level of performance and, from what I’ve heard, was a popular and consummate professional in the Manchester City dressing room.

"We need to ship in more players like him.

"He doesn’t shirk. And on the pitch he is a tough, tough character. And that’s something Liverpool have sorely missed in recent months.

"Milner’s signing will also help attract other players to join.

"They’ll see him choose Liverpool above staying at City, and take that as a sign there must be positive vibes coming from Anfield. It’s still a place to be."

Gerrard Replacement

With Steven Gerrard leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy, the Reds are left short in terms of experienced players. With Glen Johnson also departing Anfield, it leaves Liverpool with little veterans in their squad.

It is Martin Skrtel who is the solo flag burner, having played for the Merseyside club since 2007, and even his situation isn't secured as he recently deemed his new contract offer as "unacceptable."

Milner will therefore bring in a host of Premier League experience to Rodgers' squad and will likely take a significant role next season and be a leading player. He offers his manager plenty of options, however will be played primarily in the centre of midfield.

Milner will likely partner his England team-mate, Jordan Henderson and the two are renowned for their energy and will bring an incredible work-rate to the team.

They could also be joined by Emre Can if Rodgers opts to play a 4-3-3 system after the German played most of the last campaign in defence.


What Liverpool lacked this term is goals. They managed just 52 in the top-flight and did not have a true number nine following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the series of injuries Daniel Sturridge suffered.

Although a guaranteed goalscorer is needed, Milner will slightly take the burden off whoever is playing upfront. He netted eight times for City last term scooped seven assists and his contributions will be certainly appreciated at his new side. 

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