Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says the club’s new signing James Milner is a proven winner and has backed him to succeed at the club, the Mirror report.
The England international spent most of his time at the Citizens acting either as a winger or a versatile midfielder, though for much of last season he was restricted to a place on the bench.
Milner is said to be keen on establishing himself as a regular central midfielder, and his possible Liverpool predecessor Gerrard believes he has all the attributes required to be a big hit at Anfield.
“He’s a proven winner – I think he’s still hungry. I know he’s a very fit boy, very professional and he won’t let anyone down,” Gerrard was quoted as saying.
“I think he’ll bring energy to the midfield, he’s a good passer, safe in possession. He’s used to the league, he’s very experienced at domestic level and a very experienced international player.”
“I’m very confident he’ll slot in very nicely and he’ll adapt to Brendan’s way of playing very quickly. So that made sense – we got him on a free transfer as well, so really happy with that one.”
Will James Milner be a regular at Liverpool?
With Gerrard’s impending exit, as he heads for MLS, there is a void in midfield to be filled at Anfield but it will require a player of confidence and real quality to be able to succeed at the top end of the Premier League.
Milner is very much an all-round midfielder, with the ability to score goals, create chances, retain possession and help out defensively via unselfish running and tracking back.
His defensive attributes are often overlooked, and with Brendan Rodgers favouring a high-pressing style of play his inclusion will be a big asset in the middle of the park.
The Reds still have Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Lucas Leiva and Emre Can as midfield options but arguably none have the experience or intensity as Milner, making him very much a worthwhile addition.