James Milner on why he swapped Manchester City for Liverpool

James Milner

The midfielder has officially joined on a free transfer and says increased game time was part of his decision.

James Milner has told Liverpool’s official website that the club is a great fit for him, after his move from Manchester City.

The midfielder agreed on the move to Anfield last month, with his contract at the Etihad expiring on July 1. The move was considered a coup for Brendan Rodgers side as they look to improve their squad for next season.

And Milner says that the manager’s plans for the club and himself convinced him into the move.

Liverpool is a great fit for me as a club,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“Speaking to the manager here and his plans going forward and for myself, I just thought it was the right thing for me to hopefully go and get more game time and be part of something special.”

A more central role in future

Milner enjoyed an impressive spell with the Citizens as they won the Premier League twice and also managed both FA Cup and Capital One cup victories during his time at the Etihad.

However in City’s star-studded squad he often failed to assert himself in the side, mostly finding himself used in more of a winger role than his favoured central position, where the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva have been preferred.

While Milner has proven to be adept wherever he has been employed, he admits that his desire to play more centrally is what tempted him into switching to the Reds this summer.

“I want to play football and play more centrally if I can,” he added.

“That's where the manager said he sees me playing. That's a big thing for me coming to the later stages of my career. I want to play as much football as I can.”

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