Man City to Liverpool ‘solid summer signing’ Milner divides opinion among fans

In modern day football, which has become synonymous with masses of money, it is rare to see a player take a pay cut in order to fulfil other ambitions.

But that is what ex-Manchester City player James Milner, 29, has done by signing for Liverpool, after it was reported by The Guardian that the Sky Blues had offered him an increased £165,000-per-week contract – £15,000-per-week more than his new contract at Liverpool.

The England international spent five years at the Etihad, winning every domestic title on offer and gaining the support of City fans.

Milner said: “City are a great club and I had five great years there and enjoyed every minute. The fans were brilliant with me the whole time there, and that made the decision difficult.”



In recent years when several of City’s star players have been involved with both on and off-field antics, Milner has been humorously branded as ‘boring’ by some because of his down to earth nature.

Yet his on-field ability was never in any doubt; his versatile, tenacious and industrious nature was highly appreciated by many.

Milner will take on the famous number 7 jersey at Liverpool – last adorned by Luis Suarez – which has caused a huge debate.

After a disappointing campaign last season, Brendan Rodgers, who Milner said played a ‘massive part’ in his decision, has already recruited several new players for his squad, including Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings.

However, some fans have branded the 29-year old as ‘average’, leaving them wanting further purchases.

With Liverpool captain and legend Steven Gerrard making the move to America, the Merseyside outfit required an experienced midfielder who was capable of replacing him, one of the reasons why Anfield appealed to Milner so much.



“It’s a great challenge for me. I want to play football and play more centrally if I can – and that’s where the manager said he sees me playing,” he added.

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