James Milner has claimed that Liverpool’s trophy parade last Sunday contributed to his decision to stay at the club.
Milner has extended his stay at Anfield for another year after signing a new contract with the club. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com after the deal was confirmed, Milner said that the parade had ‘played a part’ in his decision.
“Last season was extraordinary, even though it didn’t have the ending we hoped it would,” he said.
“But I think that will only make us all even hungrier for more success, to be honest. I felt that after the parade and that played a part in my decision-making also. It’s a unique club. Now this is signed, I’m already looking forward to getting back with everyone, refocusing and going again. It’s a brilliant dressing room to be part of.”
Milner’s thank you to the fans after the parade felt like a possible goodbye. But it’s great news that the welcome the players received after their Champions League final loss actually had the opposite effect!
One more year of Milner
As one or two of his teammates continue to delay committing their futures to the club, they could take a pointer or two from Milner.
Reportedly signing on for reduced terms, Milner even rejected three other clubs to continue with Liverpool.
That’s the kind of commitment we’ve begun to taken for granted from the vice-captain. But the struggles the club are having with other players just show how rare his dedication is in the modern game.
The new contract will move the 36-year-old into his eighth season at Liverpool. Aside from the stunning longevity of his career at the top level, there aren’t many who play for this club for that length of time.
Now on 289 appearances for The Reds, he’ll surely fly past 300 during 2022/23.
The news has no doubt been greeted with glee from Jurgen Klopp who was reportedly desperate for the number 7 to stay.
With just a 12 months extension for Milner, we’ll be back in this position again next year. But given he played 39 times for The Reds last season, he still has a lot to offer between now and then.