Liverpool poised to fend off interest in James Milner in January

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Liverpool are set to inform any possible suitors that James Milner won’t be sold in the January transfer window, with the vice-captain still key.

Milner made just his third start of the season in Tuesday night’s 7-0 win away to Maribor in the Champions League, but provided a reminder of his quality.

The 31-year-old was arguably Jurgen Klopp‘s star man in Slovenia, despite five different players getting their names on the scoresheet in the club’s biggest-ever European away victory.

This has led to calls for Milner to keep his place for Sunday’s trip to take on Tottenham in the Premier League.

By this time last term, he had already made eight starting appearances out of a possible 10, nailing down the role of first-choice left-back.

But the arrival of Andrew Robertson from Hull City and the resurgence of Alberto Moreno has seen Milner drop down the ranks, and sparked interest from around the Premier League.

According to the Telegraph, Leicester City made an approach to sign Milner in the summer, but the former Man City midfielder stressed that he was “committed” to Liverpool.

And though he is now said to be “frustrated about his lack of playing time,” the club are not willing to part ways.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At just 31, it would be difficult to begrudge Milner pushing for a move away from Merseyside if his peripheral role continues under Klopp.

While joining Liverpool saw him take up the role of elder statesman for the first time—he is currently only younger than Ragnar Klavan in Klopp’s group—he still has a number of years ahead of him.

He would only need to look to his former Aston Villa and City team-mate Gareth Barry for inspiration, with the 36-year-old joining Everton at 32 and carving out a key role.

After making 155 appearances on the other side of the city, Barry joined West Brom in August and is now a regular under Tony Pulis.

Naturally, these sides are a considerable step below challenging for the Premier League and the Champions League under Klopp, so the hope is Milner opts to stay at Anfield.

His performance in Maribor showcased his vitality, creativity and experience, and there is a case to argue that he deserves a place ahead of Jordan Henderson at present.

Fortunately, it is reported that “Klopp has assured Milner chances will come, even if the starting place he had last season is no longer guaranteed.”

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