Liverpool reportedly make enquiry for Manchester City's James Milner

Brendan Rodgers continues to be linked with moves to bolster his squad for the coming season.

Liverpool have approached Manchester City over the possibility of a transfer for James Milner, according to a report in the Mirror.

Milner has been a bit-part player at City since his arrival from Aston Villa in 2011, and is understood to want increased game time. The 28-year-old only made eleven starts for the Champions last season, and is mostly used from the substitute’s bench.

The report claims that City are open to the potential of the transfer, but also says that they could offer Milner a new four-year deal.

Milner, who is heavily under-rated in some quarters, would unlikely break into the City squad on any greater level if he renewed his deal, especially with the likes of Fernando arriving at the club this summer. Instead, he would probably continue to be their utility man, who can fit in on the wing, in the centre of midfield or even as a full-back.

Regular football could prove to be the selling-point in negotiations for Milner’s future, but would Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers really be able to offer it?

The club have only lost Luis Suarez so far, with Fabio Borini looking Sunderland-bound. But Liverpool have reacted to these departures, signing Ricky Lambert and reportedly agreeing an £8.5million fee for Loic Remy .

Rodgers last season stuck with a midfield containing Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling for the majority of the campaign, and Milner would unlikely feature ahead of any of these names. The addition of Emre Can and Adam Lallana would also restrict playing opportunities for Milner.

So as Liverpool allegedly join the race alongside the likes of Arsenal and Everton for Milner’s signature, Anfield would still unlikely offer him the playing time he needs to leave title-winning City.

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