Liverpool's Adam Lallana praises invaluable James Milner

Liverpool midfielder has been praising new boy James Milner.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has hailed the potential impact new signing James Milner can have on the club.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Lallana believes the club's new number seven can have a positive influence on the side, and will bring much needed experience to the team.

He said: "James has won the Premier League with Manchester City and I've played with him for a couple of years now on the international scene and he's a very talented player who will bring a lot to the club.

"It's all well bringing young players in that want to improve but they haven't got the experience so it's going to take time to fully establish themselves. Getting someone like James in, who has played in the Premier League for 10-11 years, that's invaluable for us."

Speaking first hand

Adam Lallana is not speaking as a pundit, but instead from first hand experience of the difficulty in settling into a new club.

His first season at Liverpool was hampered by injury, but also inconsistent form as he failed to show the talents on a regular basis which convinced Brendan Rodgers to lay out a hefty fee to sign him from Southampton.

Milner is used to pressure from playing at Manchester City, and is a two-time title winner with the club. That won't automatically translate into success at Liverpool, but there is a better chance with him that picking another up and coming youngster.

The squad is about balance and with Steven Gerrard leaving on a free transfer, signing Milner who is now 29-years-old, could prove to be the most important addition the Reds make all summer.

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