Jamie Carragher: Why Liverpool signing James Milner could captain Reds

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes James Milner has necessary qualities to captain the Reds

Jamie Carragher has earmarked Liverpool signing James Milner as a potential captain for the Reds.

The England international has agreed personal terms with the Merseyside outfit and the Manchester City midfielder will complete his move to the Reds on 1 July.

The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this season’s captain even though he was captain in Gerrard’s absence last season makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband

Jamie Carragher

The 29-year-old opted against signing a new deal with the Citizens despite reports that the two-time Premier League winners were prepared to offer Milner over £250,000-a-week.

Milner will help to fill the void left by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard after the Reds captain played his final game in a 6-1 defeat by Stoke City on the final day of the season.

And former Liverpool defender Carragher reckons Milner could be competing with Jordan Henderson for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ side and the captain’s armband.

Carragher told Kicca: “Brendan Rodgers will have spoken to him about where he sees him fitting in but he’s very similar to Jordan Henderson.

“I have no doubt one reason he’s joining is to play in a more central role rather than out wide. Could Milner play a holding role? Maybe, but I don’t think that’s what suits him.

“His main strength is his engine which could suit him and Jordan to both play alongside a holding midfielder (Emre Can?) but his best position is tucked in from the right in a central role which is also Jordan Henderson’s so it’ll be interesting how those two fit into next year’s midfield set up.

“The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this season’s captain even though he was captain in Gerrard’s absence last season makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband.

“Was that another thing that enticed Milner to join?”

Milner has scored four goals and has made six assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season, although the midfielder has only started 16 games.

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The England midfielder has won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup following his move to The Etihad from Aston Villa in 2011.

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