Liverpool media round-up: Milner on why he chose Anfield, Skrtel on why he stayed

James Milner

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

New Liverpool midfielder James Milner has been explaining why he chose to move to Anfield instead of continuing his career at Manchester City.

Milner turned down a new contract at the Etihad Stadium to move to Anfield, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying he was prepared to run through a brick wall for manager Brendan Rodgers after hearing of his interest, and said that playing through the middle is a big part of that. 

He said he wanted to win trophies for the Reds, sensing the appetite for success when City and Liverpool went head to head for the Premier League title in 2013-14, saying: "Liverpool have won so much over its great history but maybe over recent years they haven’t quite won what they’d like to. I see that opportunity again here to go and win.

“It’s such a big club and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it. There’s a great opportunity here for us to do something great.”

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been explaining why he shunned the interest of Inter Milan in order to sign a new contract with the Reds.

With the Slovakian approaching the final year of his deal this summer, interest from the Serie A club was strong, but last week saw the 30-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at Anfield, and one reason he stayed was because his son was born on Merseyside.

He explained to the Liverpool Echo why contract talks were a little protracted, saying: "I am happy because I am staying at Liverpool and they were always my first choice.

“They changed the contract so obviously the talks were a little longer than they usually are but at the end of the day we agreed and that is the most important thing.

“Liverpool are one of the biggest and best football clubs in the world in my eyes and I was always dreaming about playing in England and for a big club like Liverpool."

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