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Liverpool announce a new deal for vice-captain

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The Premier League giants have secured James Milner’s future for another campaign.

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has signed a new one-year contract extension until June 2023, tying him down to the club for an eighth season.

The 36-year-old midfielder joined Liverpool in 2015 from Manchester City on a free transfer and has been a key component behind manager Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield revolution.

Despite reports of offers from one Premier League club and two overseas teams, Milner has agreed to stay. He has reportedly accepted a contract with significantly reduced terms.

“I’m very pleased to be staying for another season,” Milner told the club’s website. “I have never taken playing for this club for granted and I never will.

“An overriding feeling for me – and a vitally important one in the process – was the belief I can still contribute to the team. The gaffer was clear [about] what he thought, and that was a big factor in me extending my contract.

“Ultimately it was a decision I made, with the support of my family, on the basis of the quality of people at the club; teammates first and foremost, along with the manager and coaches. Plus the brilliant training ground staff, who are the heartbeat of AXA. From the medical room, sports science, the kit department, nutrition, the canteen and office staff. All people who make the team what it is.

“As long as I can still play my part, that’s not something easy to walk away from.”

What is Milner’s record at Liverpool?

In 289 appearances across all competitions, Milner has supplied 26 goals and 44 assists for Liverpool.

His ability to play in midfield and in both full-back positions as well has proved to be a valuable asset for Klopp’s side.

The former Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder has won six major trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League, across his seven-year spell at Anfield.

Now aged 36, Milner has seen a dip in regular starting opportunities of late. He still made 24 Premier League appearances last season though, and scored the first penalty in Liverpool’s shootout victories over Chelsea in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals.