Jamie Carragher gives his verdict on the James Milner signing

The Liverpool legend thinks the former Manchester City midfielder's signing proves a point...

Jamie Carragher believes the signing of James Milner proves Liverpool are looking for results right now and not simply building for the future - contrary to popular belief, according to his regular column in the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the Liverpool icon feels too much emphasis has been placed on the club's desire to buy young and build for the future.

Instead, Carragher is convinced the Reds are focusing just as much on the present as they are the years to come.

And he feels the signing of Milner from Manchester City on a free transfer is proof of his theory.

The ex-Liverpool defender said: "He is English, can play across the midfield and it’s seen as a shift for the club to sign more experienced players. But I feel a myth has been created about this.

"Last summer Adam Lallana (27), Dejan Lovren (24), Mario Balotelli (24) and Rickie Lambert (32) were all signed to make an immediate impact, not at some point in the future. Even Alberto Moreno, who was 21, was brought in as Liverpool needed a left-footed left back.

"Just because you’re young, it doesn’t mean you can’t play well. There has been too much emphasis from Liverpool about how they want to sign young players and improve them, but it’s not rocket science."

Milner’s experience, versatility and consistency at Manchester City (as well as during his time at Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Leeds United) could be vital for Liverpool ahead of next season.

Many supporters, however, feel the signing sends out all the wrong messages about the Reds - as the Anfield outfit are willing to pay top dollar for a player Manchester City felt was dispensable.

Arsenal fans, meanwhile, have mocked Milner for choosing Liverpool on Twitter...

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