James Milner signs one-year contract to stay at Liverpool on reduced wages | Liverpool

James Milner has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Liverpool until the end of next season.

The 36-year-old’s deal was due to expire this month and he has accepted a significant pay cut to remain with the club he joined from Manchester City in 2015. Milner is understood to have had offers from at least one other Premier League club and from two teams abroad.

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Jürgen Klopp was keen to retain a player who made 39 appearances in the 2021-22 season, 25 as a substitute. Liverpool’s contract proposal was made in February and Milner chose to wait until the end of the season to confirm he would stay.

Klopp’s regard for Milner, who has played in midfield and at right-back, was apparent after Liverpool’s victory at Newcastle on 30 April, which the former England international started.

“It’s difficult to be fitter than Milly,” the manager said. “He’s a role model. I have told him, I can tell the whole world – nothing we have achieved in the last few years would have happened without James Milner, it’s as easy as that. Whether he was on the pitch or not, he’s set standards in a way not a lot of people can set standards, and it educated all of us.”

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Bayern Munich will continue talks with Liverpool in the coming days in the hope of reaching an agreement to sign Sadio Mané. The forward wants to leave and personal terms with the Bundesliga champions would not be an issue but Liverpool are reluctant to sell unless they receive a substantial offer for the 30-year-old, who has one year on his contract. Klopp would ideally also want a replacement lined up first.

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