James Milner: Why Brendan Rodgers was key to Liverpool move

Liverpool midfielder James Milner explains why Brendan Rodgers played a key role in his decision to move to Anfield

James Milner has been quick to praise Brendan Rodgers, revealing that the Liverpool manager played a “massive role” in his switch from Manchester City.

The 29-year old midfielder moved to Merseyside upon the expiry of his contract at the end of last month, and the England international believes that he is moving to a bigger club in Liverpool.

“Obviously the club didn’t need much selling,” Milner told Liverpool’s website. “It’s a massive, massive club and the history is there.”

Milner had been left frustrated with his lack of first-team action at The Etihad, but early indications are that the England international will be a key part of Rodgers’s team going forward.

Milner said: “[I spoke] to the manager and [hearing] his plans for the team and myself as well, he knew a lot about me.

“After that conversation you just feel like you want to go and run through a brick wall for the manager and the club.”

Last season, the midfielder’s valuable versatility was put on show more than ever as he featured across all midfield positions, as well as featuring as a makeshift striker due to an injury crisis in City’s forward line.

Despite 16 of his 40 appearances for City coming as a substitute, Milner still managed to notch an impressive eight goals and seven assists across all competitions.

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