Liverpool: Klopp '100%' wants 286-game star at Anfield next season

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘100%’ wants to keep James Milner at Anfield as he is a ‘huge admirer’ of the midfielder, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Reds may not be in the driving seat to secure the Premier League title, with Manchester City leading the way, but it seems Klopp has turned his attentions towards tying Milner down to an extended contract.

What’s the latest news involving Milner?

As things stand, Milner has entered the final weeks of his Liverpool career as his current deal, worth £150,000-per-week, is due to expire on June 30.

However, it has become abundantly clear that Klopp is keen to keep Milner, who joined from Manchester City close to seven years ago, beyond the end of the season.

It was reported back in February by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano that the Merseyside giants have offered Milner a one-year contract extension.

While it appears an agreement could not be reached quickly, it seems the 61-cap former England international is edging towards putting pen-to-paper.

That is because the 36-year-old is reportedly increasingly ‘certain’ to agree terms on a fresh 12-month contract.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Milner?

O’Rourke is certain that Klopp is eager to see Milner remain on Liverpool’s books for another season.

The journalist believes the Reds boss feels the versatile midfielder is management material and is a big fan.

When asked whether he understands why Klopp is keen to keep Milner at Anfield, O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Yes, 100%. He’s such a great servant to the club. Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of James Milner as well, not just because of what he does on the pitch but also off the pitch.

“He can probably see James Milner as being a future manager because of the way he is. I think a lot of people have said that because he’s just so absorbed with football and he’s always been available for Liverpool whenever needed.”

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Why is Klopp desperate to keep Milner at Liverpool?

Milner offers plenty of experience, having chalked up 286 Liverpool appearances, and he has shown his versatility in that time.

The former Leeds United man has featured in both full-back roles, on both wings and in the middle of the park since heading to Anfield, emphasising that he is a team player.

Milner has also got his hands on five trophies during his time on Merseyside and Klopp has made it clear that he does not feel Liverpool’s success under his stewardship would have been possible without the midfielder.

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