FSG will have the final say on whether James Milner will be given a contract extension at Liverpool.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that the Liverpool owners will be the ones to decide what package the 36-year-old is offered.
Milner’s representatives have reportedly held ‘initial talks’ with Liverpool. Furthermore, he is said to be ‘not short’ of other options should FSG’s offer not match his expectations.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to see Milner stay at the club. However, it’s claimed that the final decision won’t rest with the Liverpool manager.
Klopp’s most trusted lieutenant
It’s a little surprising that Milner’s contract hasn’t been sorted out as we approach the last weeks of the season.
As a model professional, it’s obvious that the vice-captain wouldn’t want to distract from Liverpool’s hunt for the quadruple at this crucial stage.
However, it still feels a little odd that given Klopp’s admiration for him, this hasn’t been boxed off already.
Klopp has waxed lyrical about his number 7 on many occasions during his time at Liverpool. Alongside a multitude of compliments, the boss called him ‘incredible’ in the run up to the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest in March via Liverpool FC on YouTube.
The right time to leave?
Milner’s leadership qualities are obvious. He is clearly a well liked and very influential member of the dressing room still. Despite this though, it potentially doesn’t make sense to keep Milner on the books from a footballing point of view.
Liverpool reportedly want to revamp their midfield over the next two or three transfer windows. Signing a 36-year-old who’s on pretty decent sized wages up for another year doesn’t necessarily fit into that.
Milner has shown that he could still possibly play a bigger role for a different club. If FSG don’t view his current playing time as being sufficient for an extension, then it could be the right time for a mutual parting of the ways for Liverpool and Milner.
Should the Yorkshireman end up departing this summer, he’ll be due a big send-off from the fans, players and management. His contribution to the club’s recent success has sometimes been understated, but never by those who really matter.