With the 12 days of Christmas underway at Anfield there have been treats aplenty for Kopites. The Reds have announced new deals for Jürgen Klopp and James Milner and The Independent have reported that the club have agreed a deal in principal to sign Takumi Minamino. The James Milner contract extension could prove crucial to the development of Curtis Jones.
Milly signed for the Reds on a free in 2015, moving from rivals Manchester City. Ever since he has been a titanic presence for Jürgen Klopp. The old war horse has played in nearly every position on the pitch for Liverpool, it’s a surprise he hasn’t donned the gloves yet.
Turning 34-years-old in January, there was speculation as to whether or not the club would give the Englishman a new deal. This week we saw his stay extended to 2022, keeping him at the club until he is 36.
The James Milner contract extension could help Curtis Jones realise his potential. There are few things more critical to a player’s development than the input of seasoned pros.
Steven Gerrard often praises Gerard Houllier for bringing the ageing Gary McAllister to Anfield. When Stevie G was first breaking into the senior team he was miffed to see Gary Mac join, the Scouser was worried that his place in the side was under threat. However, McAllister taught Gerrard some of the most important lessons he needed to learn.
With Milly sticking around he will be able to line up alongside Jones as the young lad begins to break into the side. The youthful Scouser will have an experienced head next to him in the midfield to motivate him and keep him in check.
Whilst we have been targeting youth prospects in recent windows we must remember how important it is to keep mentors around the club to help these kids reach their true potential.