Report: James Milner decides to join Liverpool in summer free transfer

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner has reportedly decided to join Liverpool this summer.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City midfielder James Milner has decided to leave the club this summer and join rivals Liverpool on a free transfer.

Milner, 29, joined City five years ago after starring with Aston Villa, but has largely been a peripheral figure at the Etihad Stadium.

With the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal, Milner has often been on the sidelines at City - and with his contract expiring this summer, many have expected Milner to move on in search of first-team football.

Six goals and six assists in limited playing time this term have shown what he can do, and the Daily Mirror believe that Milner has now decided to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season in order to join Liverpool.

The Reds clearly have a need for a midfielder given that captain Steven Gerrard will be joining MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy this summer, and it appears that manager Brendan Rodgers has decided that Milner is the man to replace him.

The Mirror suggest that Liverpool have told Milner that he will be playing in central midfield on a regular basis rather than out wide, and that has swung Milner's decision to move to Anfield.

The former Leeds and Newcastle midfielder could earn up to £125,000-per-week according to the report, which seems like an astronomical amount for the England international, but Rodgers is seemingly keen to get his energy and experience into his midfield, and is willing to pay the price to get it.

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