James Milner highlights a key factor behind joining Liverpool

James Milner joined Liverpool on a free in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has said that he is fully aware of the club’s proud tradition and concedes a key reason behind joining the club was to help them win trophies, The Sun reports.

The England international ran down his contract with Manchester City and left the Etihad Stadium to join Liverpool on a free transfer last summer.

It was a move which initially raised eyebrows, especially considering that Manuel Pellegrini’s men were competing and winning major trophies every season.

However, the former Leeds United star’s desire to play in the middle of midfield has been well documented, but he also admits choosing Liverpool in order to help the club regain their status at the very top.

“I know the expectation and pressure of putting on a Liverpool shirt. It is a club that is used to winning trophies and that is one reason why I joined,” The Sun quotes Milner as saying.

“Obviously the recent history has not been littered with as many trophies but that is something I would like to contribute towards.

“I didn’t come here just to play but to help bring the trophies they are accustomed to in their history here.”

Liverpool haven’t exactly been a major force in recent years, winning just one League Cup since Rafael Benitez triumphed in the Champions League and the FA Cup in back-to-back seasons.

The Reds have a good chance of adding another trophy to their cabinet this season as they have reached the League Cup semi-finals following a 6-1 victory at Southampton at the quarter-final stage.

While it’s arguably the least prestigious trophy of the lot, it still represents success and Jurgen Klopp’s side will fancy at least advancing past Stoke City over two legs to reach the final at Wembley.

Milner has two Premier League titles plus an FA Cup success under his belt, but helping Liverpool emulate their former glories could rank as the most impressive feat of his career.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch