James Milner has posted a possible farewell message to Liverpool fans after Sunday’s trophy parade.
Taking to Twitter, Milner said he couldn’t quite believe the support he saw in Liverpool city centre at the weekend.
“Just when you think there’s nothing left in football that can surprise you… that happens!” wrote the Liverpool vice-captain.
“Couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Amazing way to cap an incredible season and fulfil a promise from 2020. To say ‘thank you’ doesn’t feel enough. What a club.”
Milner’s contract is due to expire over the summer months. As things stand, Sunday’s parade will be the last time we see him in Liverpool red.
Milner saying goodbye?
In the end, Milner didn’t get on the pitch in Paris for what would have been his third Champions League final appearance with Liverpool.
With the clock ticking down and Liverpool needing a goal, the 36-year-old remained on the bench.
Should he fail to agree terms on a new deal though, Sunday was a fitting way to thank him.
Milner has given exceptional service to Liverpool since signing in 2015. He hasn’t always been Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice, but he has set standards across the squad and has helped push Liverpool to previously unfathomable heights.
Klopp keen for Milner to stay
Klopp is reportedly keen for him to sign on for an extra year or two at Anfield. But Milner seems to want to make sure that his last few years in the game see as much pitch-time as possible.
As a result of another midfielder possibly being added this summer, that may be further reduced at Liverpool next season.
At this stage of his trophy-laden career, Milner has earnt the right to choose his own future. If he wants it, a new contract at Liverpool would be very welcome indeed.
Perhaps though, the time has finally now come for him to take himself back home to Leeds United. The club where it all started for Milly may lose their latest hometown hero Kalvin Phillips – ironically to Liverpool.
Bringing back one of their most famous sons would be a fitting way to replace him.