Liverpool still hopeful of signing Milner

Liverpool see James Milner as an ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard and have not given up hope of signing him from Manchester City. 

The Reds are the most likely to sign Milner on a free transfer at the end of the season because he has not agreed new contract terms at the Etihad. 

Milner openly says to teammates that he is likely to leave when his contract expires. Milner, who turned 29 last week, has also attracted interest from Inter Milan and Roma.  

The England midfielder was an Arsenal target last summer but their interest has cooled.  

Liverpool need a new midfield kingpin when Gerrard leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season and Milner fits the bill.  

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers rates him, especially as City boss Manuel Pellegrini is playing Milner more this season than he did last term and has shone when given the opportunity.  

City are keen to keep Milner because they have an annual struggle to meet the Premier League’s and UEFA’s home-grown player quota. Pellegrini insists Milner will stay.  

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph is another England midfielder who has been on Liverpool’s radar, but Tottenham look more likely to sign him.  

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James Milner is seen as Gerrard’s replacement. – PHOTOS: AP
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