Liverpool are thought to have made Manchester City star, James Milner their main transfer target while the ‘No 7’ is thought to be prized around the region of £15m. What had been speculations before now has been fuelled by Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, who praised the player enormously in a pre-match conference against Sunderland at the weekend.
The Reds’ boss who has been recognized for his ‘praising trickeries’ described the Manchester City star with euphoric words when asked by a journalist if the player interests him.
He said: “James is a wonderful player. He’s an outstanding footballer, and has been since I saw him at Leeds as a young player, but players are linked here regularly by Agents”
While it may be thought to be sheer admiration for the England international, the Reds’ boss had earlier mentioned that he would ‘never speak publicly about a player until he’s signed and in the door’.
It could be recalled that Rodgers sang the praises of controversial former AC Milan star, Mario Balotelli before the Italian £16m to join Brendan Rodgers’ side. Similarly, Graeme Souness praised thee England international in October when asked about the club’s interest in the City star.
“He [Milner] is a manager’s dream. He doesn’t upset the apple cart, and you know what you’re going to get. He doesn’t really catch the eye, but he works his socks off, and doesn’t get the rewards he deserves”.
While the speculations are still on-going, a possible move for the Manchester City star who earns £80,000 per week to Anfield could be possible but the Reds may likely be confronted with several hurdles in a bid to land the player whose contract is set to expire in the summer.
The possibility of waiting till the summer in order to sign the player on a free transfer may be a luxury the club cannot afford if interests from rival clubs are ignited, and with the club legend, Steven Gerard set to leave the club in the summer, the Reds may likely make a move for the England international before the summer.
Liverpool are reported to be in pole position to get the signature of the City star whom club legend, Graeme Souness described as a workaholic and a player who adds quality to his game.
With the relationship of Steven Gerard and the Reds about to come to end, the presence of a more experience player is needed to revitalize the Reds whose chances of claiming the Premier League trophy has been dimmed.