Jordan Henderson tips James Milner to shine at Liverpool

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Jordan Henderson insists James Milner's arrival will be a massive bonus to Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.

Milner signed for the Reds last month on a free transfer after he rejected a new £165,000-a-week contract at Manchester City.

The 29-year-old joins Liverpool with a wealth of experience that is extremely welcome in team that is dominated  by young players who are still improving.

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Milner has won two Premier League titles and been capped by England over 50 times. He has been handed the vice-captaincy by Brendan Rodgers despite only just moving to Anfield.

The former Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Leeds United midfielder has been renowned for his professionalism down the years and Rodgers said earlier this week Milner 'turns up two and a half hours early for training.' 

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And Henderson - who will likely be partnered by Milner in the centre-midfield against Stoke City on Sunday - believes Liverpool have signed an outstanding player.

“James has been a fantastic player for a number of years," the former Sunderland man told

"I think we’ve all watched him for quite some time in the Premier League now and he’s been a great player.

“I think he can really add something to our team. He’s got great experience, is great technically and has great ability. I think this season, he’ll be a big player for us.

“I think it [experience] will only help, especially the younger lads. He’s won trophies and played at the highest level for club and country.

“He’s a great bonus and addition to the team – I’m sure all of us will learn from him.”


The main reason why Milner joined Liverpool was because Rodgers offered him the chance to play in the centre-of-midfield on a consistent basis.

At Manchester City, the Leeds native was penalised for his versatility and Manuel Pellegrini played him in numerous positions including left wing and striker.

Rejecting a lucrative contract and Champions League football displays how much Milner wants to play football on a regular basis and he will get that chance with the Merseyside outfit.

He's started his Anfield career off positively during pre-season, scoring two goals and registering three assists. He's also shown the relentless energy he offers to win the ball for his side and snaps at the heels of attackers from the first minute until the final whistle.

Milner looks set to replace Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park. That, by no means, is an easy task but he is a very worthy candidate and Gerrard would have certainly approved of the signing.

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