Brendan Rodgers: Why James Milner decided to join Liverpool

The Liverpool manager says his new vice-captain wanted more responsibility

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that James Milner joined Liverpool to attain more responsibility.

The Reds vice-captain scored his first goal for his new club on Saturday afternoon after Milner broke the deadlock in a 3-2 win against his former employers Aston Villa at Anfield.

Milner has been wearing the captain’s armband over the past five games after newly-appointed skipper Jordan Henderson suffered a heel problem before he fractured a bone in his foot.

And Liverpool manager Rodgers, whose position at the club has been the source of speculation in recent weeks, discussed the impact of his summer signing at the Merseyside club.

“He’s a top-class professional. He has come here with much greater responsibility in the team, which was one of the big reasons why he wanted to come,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.

“It was only a matter of time before he got his goal – that’s what he’s done regularly in his career. It was a wonderful finish off his left foot and that gave us a good start in the game.”

Milner moved to Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer window.

The 29-year-old won two Premier League titles and the FA Cup during a five-year stay at Etihad Stadium.

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Liverpool make the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton in the Merseyside derby next Saturday.

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