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Report: FSG are about to sit down with £140k-a-week Liverpool midfielder, Klopp wants him to stay at Anfield

The Liverpool board are preparing to begin discussions with James Milner in the near future over a new contract with the club.

That’s according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Writing for Anfield Watch, Romano claims that a final decision will be reached ‘soon’ over Milner’s future.

Romano claims that Jurgen Klopp would prefer the 36-year-old to stay for another season. But for now, the focus is on the quadruple ‘dream’ rather than a new deal for the Yorkshireman.

Milner’s future will reportedly also play a key role in whether or not Liverpool decide to strengthen their midfield this summer.

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Milner has the final say

For a player as no-nonsense as Milner, there has been a surprising amount of talk around whether he will commit to Liverpool or not.

The Athletic reported this weekend that ‘the ball is now in FSG’s court’ over a new contract. As it seems both Liverpool and Klopp want Milner to stay, that seems somewhat contradictory.

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Rather, the ball seems to be very much in Milner’s court. Two of the three parties are reportedly fully on-board over a renewal. The one still debating looks to be Liverpool’s number 7.

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According to Spotrac, Milner currently earns £140k-a-week at Liverpool. Any new deal would surely be on massively reduced terms to reflect his current playing time.

His time on the pitch has reduced in recent times. Despite that, he has still made 35 appearances for Liverpool this season – just one down on last season and two on the year before.

With plenty of football still to be played between now and the end of the month, that number will be added to.

Many of those appearances have been as a late substitute to see games out. But, as his start on Saturday showed, he is still trusted ahead of players like Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Harvey Elliott.

Plenty left to give

Should Milner leave, he may get more gametime, but he will lose out being part of one of the best Liverpool teams of all time.

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Some still fail to see the importance of Milner. He may not be the most glamourous name on the teamsheet, but he has been a massive part of The Reds success under Klopp. In fact, only Roberto Firmino has been used more during the German’s tenure.

Should he leave this summer, he will do so as one of Liverpool’s best ever value signings. If he stays, his influence will continue to be positively felt by everyone at the club.

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