The signing of James Milner for Liverpool may not be one of the most high profile captures of the summer transfer window, but it really is an exceptional one for Brendan Rodgers, as he goes about improving his side after last season's turmoil campaign.
There's no doubt about it, with one week to go until the Premier League kicks off, Liverpool will enter 2015/16 a stronger outfit despite the departures of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.
And Milner may well prove the club's best signing – and here's why.
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Ultimately, at Manchester City last time round, Milner did more than enough to earn himself a new deal. Unsurprisingly, under Manuel Pellegrini, the Citizens did all they could to to keep him on at the club for the foreseeable future.
City didn't want to see him go, but they knew they had no right to stand in his way. And their loss is most definitely Liverpool's gain.
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Right man, right time
Ok, he may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he is exactly what Liverpool need in a time when they are desperate to find a balance and team ready to kick on and move up the division.
Milner, too, is clearly still extremely passionate about the game; he didn't want to play one week and sit on the bench the following one. Instead, he wants to be a leading player, and that's exactly what he will be on Merseyside.
Gerrard, the club's incredible leader for so long, may well have departed, but Milner will bring a presence of his own. Ok, he's certainly no Gerrard, but he is an experienced, invaluable star who will no doubt become a fans' favourite in no time.
With a great deal of intelligence and awareness, he will roam around the Anfield turf, winning the ball back and playing it on to the club's attacking stars.
He won't stop there, of course: Milner will provide something different when Liverpool go on the attack. He's a creator as well as a goalscorer, and he will be heavily influential for the club all over the park.
Of course, it appears likely that he will slot nicely into the central of midfield, and that really should benefit Jordan Henderson, who, of course, has replaced Gerrard's as the club's new captain.
Henderson will learn from Milner, just like he did from Gerrard. But, both players will be on a level playing field, both fighting for the cause for their club. The duo should work well together – they're exactly what the Reds need in the midfield.
You really must admire Milner for moving on and wanting more: at Liverpool, with the club's fans fully behind him, he won't be left disappointed. At this current time, they appear to be a match made in heaven.
Liverpool fans: Do you agree? Do you expect Milner to have a key role to play this season? Have your say below!
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