Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler tips summer signing James Milner to be a huge success

James Milner

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has heaped praise on the club's signing of ex-Leeds and Manchester City midfielder James Milner.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has had his say on the club's summer transfer activity, reserving particular praise for the free signing of James Milner, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 40-year-old believes the former Manchester City midfielder, who joined the club following the expiration of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, will prove to be an inspired signing for the Anfield outfit.

Fowler, who played alongside Milner at Leeds United some 13 years ago, says the 29-year-old has 'every attribute' required to be a big success for the Reds.

According to quotes in the Liverpool Echo, he said: "James comes with a great pedigree having been around the Premier League for years and years.”

"He’s got a lot of experience but he’s still got a good few years left so I think it’s a magnificent signing for the club. He’s got every attribute you need to be a top class footballer.

"He’s strong on the ball, he can pass, he can use both feet and can play in a number of positions."

Despite making 32 appearances, Milner only recorded a full ninety-minutes on 11 occasions last term. Nonetheless, he finished the season as City's fourth most creative player - with 52 key passes - and the club's fifth highest goal scorer - with five strikes to his name. 

And Fowler continued to sing the ex-Leeds and Manchester City man's praises, "He’s probably one of those players - and I’m certainly not doing him a disservice here - he’s never going to be a 10/10 every time.

"But he’s incredibly consistent. We need players who are more consistent than what we’ve had in the past to take the club forward.

"He’s also a name – a proven England international who has played at the top level for years. He will command respect from his team-mates and from the opposition."

Milner will be expected to help fill the void left by the departure of former captain Steven Gerrard in the Liverpool midfield, with his experience likely to prove vital. Ultimately, he will be hoping that he receives more opportunities than he received at the Etihad for a regular central role. 

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