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It's based on :


  • His contract hasn't been renewed (yet) which makes people think he might leave
  • Leeds are in a playoff position spot to be promoted
  • He's 33 going on 34. As fit and robust as he is, it won't last forever and while he's a great player for us, he isn't an automatic starter and is often used as a utility player or impact sub
  • He has openly declared previously that he is a Leeds fan and follows their games reasonably closely, so much so that our manager and captain have both remarked on it in pre-match notes etc.

In fairness, I think he's just focussing on finishing the season strongly before deciding his future. I think it'll also depend on what happens to Leeds which is far from certain too. There's also no guarantee that Bielsa will want to sign him either. The most important thing is that he keeps producing his best for us in the remaining games. I really hope we win some silverware because he, along with many others, deserve to win something for our remarkable season.

I thought his contract was due to run out at the end of next season. If it's at the end of this season then obviously I am talking out of my arse as usual. Carry on.

I just think he has a lot to offer this team for a couple of seasons at least. Although PoP is probably right that the decline could be swift and sudden.

I am a bit biased cause he's one of my favourite players at the club; one of the very few with whom it's hard not to build an emotional connection despite all the cynicism about the modern game.
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I reckon Milner will get a year's extension regardless of the outcome of this season. You can't overstate his value in the dressing room, even if his minutes are reduced next season.

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Definitely deserves another contract 1 year with optional second year.
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There seems to have been a bit of confusion around the length of James Milner’s contract but I’ve checked and it definitely runs until the summer of 2020


James Pearce, in an Echo Q&A back in Sep 2018

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I reckon Milner will get a year's extension regardless of the outcome of this season. You can't overstate his value in the dressing room, even if his minutes are reduced next season.

I think it will be his choice really. He may want to play more and have a clearer path to first team midfielder at Leeds
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Didn't see the Mo stuff for the penalty on the telly. I'm glad he took it off him if that's what transpired. No fucking way anyone but Milli Vanilli is taking pens if he's on the pitch.
The guy is an absolute boss. Best free transfer ever?

To us? Maybe (Gary Mac being the other that immediately comes to mind). Involving us - nope, that would be Macca to Real, where he won player the Champions League for them, getting MOTM in the final and fan's player of the year.  Of any club? Nowhere close I am afraid - given the like to Pirlo (to Juve), Pogba (to Juve, when he then was sold back for stupid amounts), Lewandowski (to Bayern),  Sol Campbell (to Arsenal), Henrik Larrson (to Barcelona, where he single handedly won them their first champo of the 2000s) and Cambiasso (to Inter, where he inspired them to 5 straight Seria A wins, and a Champo).

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I think it will be his choice really. He may want to play more and have a clearer path to first team midfielder at Leeds

He's not dropping down to the Championship any time soon.
Better than the Invincibles.
Better than Mourinho's Chelsea.
Better than the fables Man Utd Treble team.

I'm alright with that.

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Nothing in it, just other fans (and Egyptians) trying to make something of it.  Salah grabs the ball and Milner just goes over to him and takes it off him, small exchange of words and Mo look disappointed but I would expect him too as he is a goal scorer.

Its all Fabinho fault thou, if he doesn't get injured Milners not on the pitch to take it  ;)

To be honest, if he was still on the pitch, Fabinho would have (or should have) taken the penalty - he was Monaco's first choice penalty taker ahead of Falcao and a very good one at that  (scored 19 of the 20 he took at Monaco, actually a higher % than milners 27 of 32 across all clubs, and 16 of 18 for us)

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To us? Maybe (Gary Mac being the other that immediately comes to mind). Involving us - nope, that would be Macca to Real, where he won player the Champions League for them, getting MOTM in the final and fan's player of the year.  Of any club? Nowhere close I am afraid - given the like to Pirlo (to Juve), Pogba (to Juve, when he then was sold back for stupid amounts), Lewandowski (to Bayern),  Sol Campbell (to Arsenal), Henrik Larrson (to Barcelona, where he single handedly won them their first champo of the 2000s) and Cambiasso (to Inter, where he inspired them to 5 straight Seria A wins, and a Champo).

Yeah, for us  :P
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He's not dropping down to the Championship any time soon.

Not guaranteed they will be in the Championship. They still have a chance at direct promotion still.

I do think that he will want to be playing though. Fabinho, Keita, Gini, Hendo, Ox will make that a bit less likely next season for a plyer who is aging despite defying that at times.
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To be honest, if he was still on the pitch, Fabinho would have (or should have) taken the penalty - he was Monaco's first choice penalty taker ahead of Falcao and a very good one at that  (scored 19 of the 20 he took at Monaco, actually a higher % than milners 27 of 32 across all clubs, and 16 of 18 for us)

And also missed the one pen he took for us, I mentioned his record before he took the pen and he missed.

Sure he did take a pen for us in a game at Anfield?!?

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Not guaranteed they will be in the Championship. They still have a chance at direct promotion still.


They don't. Sheffield United will beat Ipswich at the weekend and it's game over as far as that's concerned. Tough to see them beating Villa or West Brom in the play-offs to be honest.

Personally think it's something which could materialise next summer when his contract is up.

And also missed the one pen he took for us, I mentioned his record before he took the pen and he missed.

Sure he did take a pen for us in a game at Anfield?!?

That was pre-season.
Better than the Invincibles.
Better than Mourinho's Chelsea.
Better than the fables Man Utd Treble team.

I'm alright with that.

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Yeah, for us  :P

Yeah - I think it is really close between him and Gary Mac for that honour - Gary Mac had the instant impact of winning us the treble (and he was incredibly influential at that, and was one of our 3/4 best players that year), but had only 2 seasons at the club, whereas Milner has been significantly less influential (never been one of our best players across a season, and certainly this year has been a squad player), but has the longevity and the calming influence in a very young squad.

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Joel Matip has also been a good free transfer. Joe Cole the worst I can remember off the top of my head.

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Joel Matip has also been a good free transfer. Joe Cole the worst I can remember off the top of my head.

Joe was atrocious - but Milan Jovanovic and Andriy Voronin were pretty terrible too. Voronin at least played on some good Liverpool teams so his awfulness was masked a bit.

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I think it will be his choice really. He may want to play more and have a clearer path to first team midfielder at Leeds

He's a 1st team midfielder at Liverpool though. Played ~2500 minutes this season. Only Wijnaldum has played a considerable amount more out of the current midfielders.

Even with AOC back we rotate our midfield so much that Milner will still get a lot of playing time next season. You'd suspect it will be at an elite level, challenging for domestic and European honours. Why swap that for a relegation battle or Championship football?

I think Milner still has a lot to offer this club. He's had another good season for us. I remember all the cry arsing when Klopp said he was like a new midfield signing in the summer of 2017. Here we are about 18 months later and James Milner is starting regularly and contributing as a midfielder in a team that has 88 points with 3 games to go and is in a CL semi-final. That's on top of getting to a CL final last season when he played in midfield a lot.
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Joe was atrocious - but Milan Jovanovic and Andriy Voronin were pretty terrible too. Voronin at least played on some good Liverpool teams so his awfulness was masked a bit.
It's also what Joe Cole kind of represents, though. I mean, the other two were at least fit and weren't touted as great signings. Joe was hideously out of shape while also marketed as symbolic of the kind of 'English Pride' (TM) that the Owl was going to instil into Liverpool FC. And he certainly did prove to be symbolic - symbolic of the absolutely dogshit state of the club in all ways at that point in time.

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His contract ends in 2020. Not sure why anyone is speculating/panicking about him moving this summer?
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His contract ends in 2020. Not sure why anyone is speculating/panicking about him moving this summer?

Agreed.

He’s been integral this season, and whilst his age may catch up next season he’ll still be able to play a big part again no doubt. Can’t see him going anywhere.

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He's a 1st team midfielder at Liverpool though. Played ~2500 minutes this season. Only Wijnaldum has played a considerable amount more out of the current midfielders.

Even with AOC back we rotate our midfield so much that Milner will still get a lot of playing time next season. You'd suspect it will be at an elite level, challenging for domestic and European honours. Why swap that for a relegation battle or Championship football?

I think Milner still has a lot to offer this club. He's had another good season for us. I remember all the cry arsing when Klopp said he was like a new midfield signing in the summer of 2017. Here we are about 18 months later and James Milner is starting regularly and contributing as a midfielder in a team that has 88 points with 3 games to go and is in a CL semi-final. That's on top of getting to a CL final last season when he played in midfield a lot.

I like Milner. But those minutes by him and arguably by Gini were a by product of Fabinho's long journey into the 1st team and Keita's similar journey and injuries. Plus there is Ox. Imagine if we had bought Fekir too?

We play a high energy style that puts hefty demands on players. No way will he get 2500 minutes next season and that is at his current physical levels and with Fabinho, Keita and Ox 109% fit and integrated.

If he is cool playing occasionally, I'd be delighted if he stayed and continued defying age. :) but if he decides to leave for playing time like Lucas I would totally understand.
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Joe was atrocious - but Milan Jovanovic and Andriy Voronin were pretty terrible too. Voronin at least played on some good Liverpool teams so his awfulness was masked a bit.
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Joel Matip has also been a good free transfer. Joe Cole the worst I can remember off the top of my head.

Joe Cole, symbolic of the mediocrity of the Hodgson era, immortalised by the annual "Joke Hole Memorial Award" given to the most regrettable signing of each season as they disappear into obscurity..... :P

Isn't it telling that there is no candidate for the award this season? There was so much competition that season: Joe Cole, Paul Fucking Konchesky, Christian Poulsen, etc. etc. Just another measure of how far we've come!  :wave
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How did this man not win the PFA Young Player of the Year award is a mystery to me. Travesty, even! Conspiracy!  :no
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Or maybe it was age discrimination? He would have been such a deserved winner.  :(
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How did this man not win the PFA Young Player of the Year award is a mystery to me. Travesty, even! Conspiracy!  :no

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How did this man not win the PFA Young Player of the Year award is a mystery to me. Travesty, even! Conspiracy!  :no
Surely there should be an Old Player of the Year award...

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Sky have him in their Out of Contract XI

Deserves at least one more season imo, thought hes been good this season, particular the first half

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Loved his two cynical tackles within 5 seconds, each one deserving of a yellow in itself 😆

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Loved his two cynical tackles within 5 seconds, each one deserving of a yellow in itself 😆

I came in here to say the same. Sent on to help us get a winner, but did what was required elsewhere around the pitch.

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Loved his two cynical tackles within 5 seconds, each one deserving of a yellow in itself 😆

Fucking hilarious that! First one looked bad in real time, worried it might have even been a red. He then made the ref forget all about it by mowing down Atsu closer to goal instead. :D

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Sky have him in their Out of Contract XI

Deserves at least one more season imo, thought hes been good this season, particular the first half

I seemed to remember it being a 4 year deal when he signed but Pearce seems to think it’s 2020. If we do win the league and Leeds come through the play offs I can see us letting him go there regardless for the final part of his career, he’s been a bloody excellent signing for us and I’d respect whatever he wants, whether that’s another season with us or a move to his boyhood club.

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I seemed to remember it being a 4 year deal when he signed but Pearce seems to think it’s 2020. If we do win the league and Leeds come through the play offs I can see us letting him go there regardless for the final part of his career, he’s been a bloody excellent signing for us and I’d respect whatever he wants, whether that’s another season with us or a move to his boyhood club.

I dont want him to leave at all. In 08/09 we lost some big characters not only from the team but dressing room as well when Hyypia, Alonso and Arbeloa left. We need to keep these all together, even if they are not exactly first choice.

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Fucking hilarious that! First one looked bad in real time, worried it might have even been a red. He then made the ref forget all about it by mowing down Atsu closer to goal instead. :D
They were so close together in time that the ref just thought fuck it one yellow will cover them both.
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They were so close together in time that the ref just thought fuck it one yellow will cover them both.

I laughed so much when he said (completely straight faced) that he got the ball. I was closer to the ball than Milner was and I was at home watching it on the telly 😂
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I laughed so much when he said (completely straight faced) that he got the ball. I was closer to the ball than Milner was and I was at home watching it on the telly 😂

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Started laughing when he got the ball over in the corner, knew the game was over then.  Ultimate pro.
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