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Liverpool target James Milner for summer free transfer

James Milner is reportedly top of Liverpool’s wish-list this summer, as Brendan Rodgers looks to add depth to his squad.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 2, 2013: Manchester City's James Milner in action against Bayern Munich's Rafinha during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to Oliver Kay of The Times, Liverpool are in pole position to sign Milner on a free transfer at the end of the season after the breakdown of his contract negotiations with City.

Milner has found his first-team opportunities at Manchester City limited because of the quality of players like David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas, and a change of scenery may well appeal to the former Leeds United man.

The England international would bring undoubted quality and versatility to Liverpool’s squad, something Rodgers always admires in players, and he is capable of thriving in wide attacking areas, central midfield and even full-back if required.

There would be doubts over whether Milner would be a guaranteed starter on Merseyside though, with players like Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson all key players in positions he normally adopts.

That said, the aforementioned quality he would guarantee, which is underrated by many because of his typically English work-ethic, would make him a shrewd acquisition.

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