Liverpool midfielder James Milner has talked up the possibility of a return to former club Leeds United in his latest interview with the Daily Express.
James Milner is in the final year of his contract at Liverpool.
The England international came through the ranks at English Championship outfit Leeds United before he went on to make his debut for the first team as a young winger.
James Milner still has a soft spot for Leeds United and has hinted that he could return to Elland Road once he leaves Liverpool, his current club.
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The 33-year-old could leave Liverpool in the New Year when his current contract expires next summer.
James Milner is the vice-captain to skipper Jordan Henderson at Liverpool but its not certain that he would be given a new deal at the end of his current contract.
He was part of the Liverpool squad that won the Champions League title at the end of last season.
James Milner was also part of the team that won the UEFA Super Cup earlier this season via the penalty win over fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
Leeds United are in the second tier of English football and are in a battle to secure promotion to the top flight.
Club terminate three-year deal With former Liverpool player
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is currently available in the market as his contact with Turkish Trabzonspor has been terminated.
It was expected that the England International will have a good spell in Turkey when he first joined the club but what was supposed to be a 4 years deal ended in six months.
Daniel Sturridge was reportedly found guilty of betting offences in Turkey and was handed a four-month ban from football. Obviously, the club wouldn’t have kept him for that long without his usefulness, prompting the termination of his deal.
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In his six months stay at the club, Daniel Sturridge scored seven goals in 16 appearances which gave hope to the team but that was cut short in March 2020.
The 30-year-old has since been without a club but with the transfer window set to reopen, he is hopeful of securing a deal away from Turkey.
It is, therefore, claimed that the England International will be considering options from the Major League Soccer as well as the Ligue 1 for a new deal.
Daniel Sturridge had to leave the current English Premier League Champions, Liverpool because he could no longer boast of playing time as a result of the competition in the team.
EPL: Why Jurgen Klopp is “forced” to keep this player
English Premier League outfit manager Jurgen Klopp is forced to keep Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield this summer despite his little contribution to the team.
It was expected that Xherdan Shaqiri, alongside Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic will be sold this summer transfer window but that may not happen as the club will not be able to make gain from their sale as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The value of a number of players will be forced to reduce because of the effect of Covid-19 and Xherdan Shaqiri is feared to be one of them. Liverpool already have a target for the player in terms of income and are keen to achieve that.
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Meanwhile, a coach in Switzerland, Arno Rossini has taken a swipe at Xherdan Shaqiri, saying that the Liverpool man is not a champion because he was not a major part of the team.
According to Arno Rossini, Xherdan Shaqiri only featured in two games for Liverpool and does not deserve to share in the glory.
He stressed that Xherdan Shaqiri was only a champion at Basel and cannot claim same at Liverpool or Bayern Munich because his contribution was insignificant.
However, Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to work under manager Jurgen Klopp for another year before parting ways.
Klopp to return important player to tomorrow’s squad
Liverpool will continue their Premier League campaign, even after winning the title with a game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday evening.
There is no longer anything at stake but manager Jurgen Klopp will be careful with his selection to balance up the team, win games and also ensure the safety of the players.
Liverpool Echo reports that James Milner will now return to the team to face Brighton & Hove Albion after missing the game Aston Villa.
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James Milner has been injured and he is reportedly recovering and fit to play a game for the EPL champions. He could even start in the game.
Liverpool boss is making efforts to be careful with Andy Robertson who has played too many games and has not rested since the restart of the league. James Milner who is very experienced can serve as a cover.
James Milner is a utility player who can operate from both sides of the team and can play as a central midfielder. His presence will go a long way in helping Liverpool to win more games.
Since winning the League title, the Reds team have only picked 7 from 12 points and they want to keep winning to secure 100 points to beat Man City record.
One ‘error’ made by Jurgen Klopp that worked for him
Liverpool have been blistering in great form for the past seasons and it is widely believed that manager Jurgen Klopp has been making the right decisions with his recruitment, choice of players for games, and substitutions.
That may not be all true according to a former Liverpool player Emile Heskey who claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s usage of Trent Alexander-Arnold at the right full-back position is not the best for the player.
In his analysis, the former Reds claims that Trent Alexander-Arnold is best as a midfielder and not a right-back, adding that at the right-back position, the player provided 12 assists in 33 EPL games, making him one of the most creative legs in the league. He is reported to have created 79 opportunities for his teammates and 17 of them are classified as big chances.
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No wonder, Trent Alexander-Arnold is being compared with De Bruyne in terms of crossing and passing ability. It is only the Man City midfielder that has created more chances than the Reds youngster.
Emile Heskey feels Trent Alexander-Arnold is very influential in the Jurgen Klopp team and he could be handed another role while younger players like Neco Williams, a 19-year-old Academy player could be made to replace him, having proved to be a prospect with his performance when he was subbed in during the Crystal Palace game that ended 4-0 last month.
How Liverpool gifted Chelsea with Timo Werner
West London outfit Chelsea have confirmed the signature of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner even before the opening of the summer transfer window with Liverpool legend, Michael Owen claiming that the development is a gift from Liverpool.
According to Owen, Chelsea will be no way close to landing the star player if Liverpool had shown interest in him because the Anfield was a preferred destination for Timo Werner.
The Reds legend stated that an asking price of £45 million was given to Liverpool for by the German club but the Reds saw no need because of Divock Origi’s presence.
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He noted that the moment Liverpool handed a new deal to Divock Origi, it means they were not ready to part ways with him any time soon.
However, he claimed that Timo Werner would have been a better choice for the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp because he would have provided a better competition in the attack than Divock Origi.
Timo Werner was a force to reckon with in the German Bundesliga, scoring 34 goals in 45 games as well as providing 13 assists in all. Chelsea will now hope to enjoy his service of the German international at the Stamford Bridge in the coming season.
Virgil van Dijk reveals career mistake he almost made
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has revealed that he almost made a major mistake that would have cost his career.
Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2018 for £75 million and has since experienced a turnaround in his career.
From being nominated as the best football player in the world to winning the Champions League and now the Premier League.
The star player noted that all of these wouldn’t have happened if he had made a wrong choice on his career.
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This, he said,l after revealing that Chelsea also made an offer for him which was also considered until he heard from manager Jurgen Kopp.
Virgil van Dijk stated that clubs that approached him had a good team and history, forcing him to consider the managers.
He found manager Jurgen Klopp more inviting, revealing that the German boss has excellent man-management skills which were very important.
Virgil van Dijk added that Jurgen Klopp will always hug players and relate with them better than others which helps to bring the best out of them.
Man United and Chelsea were also interested in the defender but failed to secure his signature as Liverpool won the race, all thanks to manager Jurgen Klopp’s conviction.
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Manager Jurgen Klopp is set to secure the signature of Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara ahead of the summer transfer window.
The German boss is keen to add depth to his squad and sees the midfielder as a viable option for his team.
It is claimed that a deal of £31 million has already been agreed for the player and an announcement is imminent as soon as the window is opened.
The 29-year-old is also interested in the deal which makes it an easy one for the current Premier League Champions.
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However, a former Reds midfielder Steve Nicol, who spoke to ESPN, expressed fears that the German boss might regret his decision to buy the Bayern Munich midfielder.
According to him, Thiago is a great player with big quality who has the ability to pass the ball and that is well needed but it will go a long way in changing the way Liverpool play.
He noted that Liverpool have a style and changing it to cost the team of it’s efficiency in the coming season.
Steve Nicol stated that Jurgen Klopp must make a decision between signing a great player and keeping the team strong to win titles as he stressed that there is no point touching what is not broken.
Liverpool secure club future with latest move on this prospects
Curtis Jones, One of Liverpool’s biggest prospect in the Academy ranks, have signed a long-term deal at Anfield.
He has signed a five year contract extension which means the Reds have been able to secure their future by keeping one of the best at the club.
The 19-year-old midfielder has made eight first-team appearances this season, scoring two goals in the FA Cup, including the winner against Everton in January.
Jones has come through the youth ranks at the Anfield club, first joining them at under-nine but now he’s grown and has been fingered as those that would be promoted in the coming season.
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The young lad will now continue his development under manager Jurgen Klopp as he has been handed an improved deal.
Liverpool have got a number of young prospects, and it is expected we see more of them in the coming season especially if the club hierarchy insists on not getting involved in the summer transfer window after claiming that the current squad has got all it takes to compete for another year.
However, Curtis Jones expressed delight for signing a new and improved deal with his childhood club and will only hope to be a part of the first team next season.