Liverpool “increasingly confident” of signing James Milner – Report

Reports on Monday claim that Manchester City midfielder James Milner is seemingly edging nearer to a Liverpool move at the end of the season.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2013: Manchester City's James Milner in action against Arsenal during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to ESPN FC, the Reds are growing increasingly optimistic about bringing the 29-year-old to Anfield in the summer.

Milner’s contract talks at the Etihad have reportedly stalled, and a lack of first-team football appears to be the stumbling block in him signing a new deal with the Premier League champions.

The England international has been linked with a move to Merseyside for a while now, with Brendan Rodgers clearly a fan of what he could bring to his side.

The former Leeds United youngster would bring versatility, quality and a superb work-ethic to Liverpool’s squad, and although not always a headline-maker, he is a player appreciated greatly by his teammates.

Despite starting just 11 times in the league so far in 2014/15, the midfielder has registered an impressive five assists, according to WhoScored, which is the same as Raheem Sterling despite starting nine games less. He has also set up three more goals than both Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, having begun five and two matches fewer, respectively.

Rodgers has been criticised in the past for signing too many young, inexperienced players, and bringing in Milner would be a refreshing change in that respect.

Acquiring an experienced, proven Premier League player, with title winning pedigree, who is still hungry to win trophies and prove himself in a regular role, especially on a free transfer, would be good business for Liverpool.