Liverpool captaincy order is changing after transfer decision and Jurgen Klopp mistake

Liverpool captaincy order is changing after transfer decision and Jurgen Klopp mistake

James Milner’s Liverpool career is very nearly over. Out of contract this summer, the 37-year-old, who has reportedly verbally agreed to join Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer, made his final Anfield appearance as a Reds player in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.

Finishing the game, which was the 331st of his Liverpool career, with the captain’s armband, the veteran even played a part in fellow departee Roberto Firmino’s last-minute equaliser.

““The two boys who came on obviously showed today immediately what we will miss,” Jurgen Klopp admitted after the final whistle. “It is Milly’s mentality. I don’t want to underestimate his football, because he played really good football here, and today again.

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“But the way he comes in a game, oh my god. Whoever will do that in the next few years, it’s a high high bar because how many games he won for us in this way is insane.”

Klopp had wanted to retain Milner’s services, despite the fact that the midfielder will turn 38 next season. However, the ECHO understands he wasn’t offered a new playing contract by the club, with it instead reported that he was offered a coaching position instead.

“It would be a shame to stop when you’ve still got a bit of life in you,” Milner told LFC TV after his final Anfield outing. “Jurgen Klopp is a pretty good manager and the fact he still wanted me here and said I can still do a job is pleasing.

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