Manchester City midfielder James Milner is set to become the first arrival at Anfield this summer. The 29-year-old’s contract expires at the end of July as is in advanced talks with the Reds over a free transfer.
Former Liverpool and England centre-back Jamie Carragher is backing Milner to succeed Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain. On sports social network Kicca, he wrote that one of the reasons Milner is joining is that he wants to play in a more central role and described him as “a very good signing, a free transfer who can play in a few positions and got great experience.”
Although Jordan Henderson, the current vice-captain for the Reds, has been tipped to take over the captaincy from Steven Gerrard, Brendan Rodgers has not yet confirmed this matter. This means that Milner could challenge Henderson over the captaincy when Gerrard leaves for LA Galaxy this summer.
“The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this seasons captain even though he was captain in Gerrard’s absence last season makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband.” Carragher expressed his opinion on Kicca.
“Rodgers will have spoken to him about where he sees him fitting in but he’s very similar to Henderson and I have no doubt one reason he’s joining is to play in a more central role rather than out wide.” He added.