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Liverpool XI that played alongside James Milner on his debut in 2015 - where are they now

Liverpool’s vice-captain James Milner has agreed a new one-year deal that will keep him at Anfield for an eighth season.

The 36-year-old joined Liverpool, who were managed by Brendan Rodgers at the time, on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Manchester City.

The former England international has made 289 appearances for the red half of Merseyside and has won six major trophies during his time working under Jurgen Klopp, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

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According to BBC Sport, the versatile Milner, who claimed that Liverpool’s trophy parade last Sunday contributed to his decision to stay at the club, has accepted a contract with ‘significantly’ reduced terms in order to extend his stay at Anfield.

With the new contract signed, Rousing The Kop takes a look back at the Liverpool XI that played alongside James Milner on his debut in 2015.

Milner’s debut was a battling 1-0 win against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Liverpool XI that played alongside James Milner on his debut in 2015

Simon Mignolet

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Mignolet made 204 appearances for the Reds across six years following his move from Sunderland in 2013.

But following the big-money arrival of Alisson in the summer of 2018, Mignolet’s chances of getting regular game time at Anfield quickly evaporated.

The 34-year-old is currently playing for Club Brugge and has just finished his third season back in his homeland.

Nathaniel Clyne

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Like Milner, Clyne was also making his Liverpool debut against Mark Hughes’ Potters following his summer move from Southampton.

The 14-time England international spent two seasons as the Reds’ first-choice right-back, but a serious back injury which ruled him out for the majority of the the 2017-18 campaign presented an opening for Trent Alexander-Arnold, and the rest they say is history.

Clyne made 103 appearances for Liverpool and he’s spent the last two seasons back with the club where his professional career began – Crystal Palace.

Martin Skrtel

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The towering and dominant Slovakian is set to retire this summer at the age of 37 after finishing his career back in his native country.

Skrtel spent eight-and-a-half years at Anfield following his arrival from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008 and as well as amassing 320 appearances, the aggressive centre-back won the 2012 League Cup.

Dejan Lovren

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The £20m signing spent six years on Merseyside after being signed from Southampton in 2014, and he was a regular fixture in the starting line-up in his first four seasons at Anfield.

But with the likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip competing to partner Virgil van Dijk, the Croatian started to find himself on the periphery.

The 32-year-old won the Premier League, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup under Klopp and he’s currently playing in Russia for Zenit.

Joe Gomez

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Just like Milner and Clyne, the former Charlton Athletic youngster made his Liverpool debut in the win against Stoke.

Rodgers started Gomez at left-back and it was his pass to Philippe Coutinho which helped the Reds start the 2015-16 campaign with three points.

The 25-year-old has suffered some serious injuries during his career and those setbacks have restricted him to 142 appearances for Liverpool.

James Milner

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Liverpool’s new number seven started in centre midfield for the clash against Stoke and relished the battle against the likes of Glen Whelan and former Liverpool man Charlie Adam.

Jordan Henderson

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In a two-man midfield pivot, Milner was joined by Liverpool’s captain marvel Henderson and the pair produced a disciplined performance.

The respect for Henderson from the wider footballing community has grown year on year, and he still remains a key part of Klopp’s driving force of a Liverpool side when playing in the engine room.

Jordon Ibe

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The four-time England Under-21 international struggled to live up to his burgeoning potential at Anfield after being snapped up as a 16-year-old from Wycombe Wanderers.

Ibe made 58 appearances for the Liverpool first team and after spells with Bournemouth and Derby County, the 26-year-old is yet to make his debut for Turkish side Adanspor after joining the second-tier side in January.

Philippe Coutinho

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Unsurprisingly, Coutinho was Liverpool’s matchwinner when Rodgers’ side travelled to Stoke-on-Trent in August 2015.

After struggling to shine at Barcelona following his £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018, the Brazilian magician is back thriving in the Premier League, and after an initial loan spell with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa – the Villains have signed the playmaker on a permanent deal.

Adam Lallana

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The former Southampton man was a key part of Klopp’s side during the early years of the German’s Anfield tenure, but as the Liverpool side improved, Lallana began to find himself on the fringes.

After 178 appearances for the Reds, the attacking midfielder returned to the south coast with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Christian Benteke

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Benteke became the Reds’ second most expensive signing in July 2015 after Liverpool spent £32.5m to bring him in from Aston Villa.

The big Belgian made his debut at Stoke, but after just one season at Anfield, it was clear that Benteke wasn’t the type of striker Klopp wanted and he was sold to Crystal Palace for £27m.

Benteke started just eight Premier League games under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

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