Stuart Pearce suggests Liverpool's James Milner is the signing of the summer

James Milner

Former Premier League boss Stuart Pearce has praised Liverpool's signing of experienced midfielder James Milner.

Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that he feels Brendan Rodgers has made the best signing of the summer in the form of James Milner.

Milner became one of Rodgers’ first summer recruits as his rebuilding process for the new campaign got underway and while it’s not the most expensive deal the Reds have already done, Pearce has suggested it’s a top value move by the Anfield club.

“I think with Milner he’s got value for money. He’s probably the best signing of the summer, maybe not on ability, but when you consider he’s got a kid like him who will play all of the games and cost nothing – He’s a fantastic player to have in your football club,” he told talkSPORT.

Premier League experience

Milner brings plenty of Premier League experience to the table, which bodes well for the new season.

He knows the division, he knows the strengths of many of the club’s rivals and he doesn’t require a settling in period before he’s effective.

He’s someone who can also help the youngsters by nurturing them into the senior ranks, with a real leadership ability which will be on display in every game.

Versatility

Milner’s versatility is another key strength and he’s the sort of player who will get his head down and play anywhere the manager asks him to.

He won’t complain about having to play a defensive role and he’s also good enough to be able to switch up positions in the middle of a game, if Rodgers wants him to.

It’s the sort of versatility and usefulness that no immense amount of money could have bought the club.

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