James Milner relishing his time at Liverpool

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James Milner insists Liverpool is "a great place to play football" and cannot wait for the new Premier League season to start.

Milner joined the Reds on a free transfer from Manchester City after rejecting a fresh £165,000-a-week contract from the Citizens.

The England international was chased by a host of club's including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, however, following a meeting with Brendan Rodgers who guaranteed him regular first-team football in centre-midfield, Milner snubbed all other offers for Anfield.


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The 29-year-old has been in hot form during the Merseyside outfit's pre-season tour of the far east and Australia and has scored two goals from three games.

“It already feels like I’ve been at the club for ages”

And Milner admits he's already settled down at Liverpool and has made the right choice to join them.

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“It already feels like I’ve been at the club for ages,” Milner told the Liverpool Echo.

“The boys have done a great job in making me feel welcome and I feel very comfortable out on the field. I do feel that after all the thought I gave it I made the right decision coming here.

“Liverpool is a massive club and this tour has shown just how big that following is all over the world. It’s a great club and we have a great young squad here with a great coaching staff.

“I’ve realised what a great place it is to play football and I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.”

Replacing Gerrard

Milner will replace Steven Gerrard in the centre-of-midfield who left for MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy in June. Whereas Milner will have some boots to fill and likely never live up to the reputation of Gerrard, he is a solid replacement.

The former Aston Villa man has been getting into decent positions in midfield during pre-season, sprinting forward when his side are on the attack and commits himself into the box. This is something Liverpool were missing last campaign as they managed just 52 league goals all season in the top flight.

Milner offers a high energy rate in the middle of the park which will work in tandem with Jordan Henderson who also has a similar tank. They'll likely be Rodgers' starting pair in centre-midfield and could also be joined by Emre Can in a midfield three and possibly Philippe Coutinho if a 4-4-2 diamond formation was played.

With Milner set to play a significant role in central midfield, he is excited about taking on the role after being played out of position consistently for City.

“I love playing in there because I think it is best for my attributes,” he added.

“It is where I can play my best football. I think it’s my best position. I’m already getting goals playing in there and that’s what I can do.

“I’ve always worked hard on my finishing and playing in the middle gives you more opportunities to score goals. It is easier to score being there rather than being wide and shooting across goal and having tough angles.

“I feel happy and contented. It’s only been a few weeks but I do feel good here. The whole thing feels right.

“Pre-season is about getting fitness but to get the results too has been pleasing. The teams we have played have been no mugs and we’re building confidence.”

At 29-years-old Milner is one of the oldest and most experienced players in the Liverpool squad.

He has won two league titles in his career and is set to give plenty of advice to the youthful side and is a contender to take on the vice-captain's role after Henderson has been promoted to skipper following Gerrard's departure.

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