Liverpool: Klopp told to keep 'exceptional' 285-game star at Anfield

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It’s a “no-brainer” for Liverpool to give James Milner a new deal this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 36-year-old remains a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, but he is out of contract at the end of next month and therefore set to become a free agent.

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Milner might have started just eight Premier League games and played less than 1000 minutes for the first time in the top-flight season since he was a teenager at Leeds, but Klopp has continuously praised the midfielder’s attitude and professionalism in recent years.

Following Liverpool’s 1-0 victory at Newcastle earlier this month, in which Milner was making his first league start for four months, the Reds manager described him as a ‘role model‘ after he captained the Merseysiders to a crucial three points in their pursuit of a second Premier League title.

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Furthermore, Klopp admitted that none of Liverpool’s success in recent years would have been possible without Milner, who’s sat on 285 appearances for the club.

But this could be Milner’s final season at Anfield unless Klopp’s side opt to extend his terms, with his current deal running out in under two months.

However, O’Rourke reckons that offering the former England international fresh terms shouldn’t even require a second thought.

What did O’Rourke say about Milner?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “If he’s been needed to play at right-back or somewhere in midfield, he’s always done it and he’s such a popular figure in the dressing room, it makes sense for them to give him a one-year contract.

“He’s got the experience which he can bring and help other young players, so I think for Liverpool it would be a no-brainer to give him a new deal and he’s one of the fittest players as well.”

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Should Liverpool give Milner a new contract?

Despite Milner’s game-time reducing with every passing season, his contribution to the dressing room and on the training pitch remains priceless.

Not only has he been there and won it all, but his professionalism throughout his career has been admirable, while the way he manages to keep himself fit and avoid injuries over more than 20 years is impressive.

Therefore, when it comes to contract talks over the summer months, providing Milner, who is ‘exceptional‘ according to Klopp, is still happy to play the role as the experienced head in the squad, little discussion should be needed here.

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