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  • David Tyrer

Milner wants Liverpool contract situation resolved fast

At the age of 33 (and due to grow a year older in January 2020), any other footballer would be looking at winding down his career.

For James Milner though, who is valued more than most players by Jurgen Klopp, things could not be much more different.

The Leeds-born midfielder has had a long and storied career, and it looked as if he'd be winding down his career at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers.

But four years later, a Champions League winner, a veteran of close to 200 games for Liverpool and in with the best chance he's got of winning a Premier League medal since joining the club and he doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.

The problem for Liverpool though, is that he can sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January. His contract is up in the summer.

Leeds has long been mooted as his final destination but Milner will know that that will signal the real winding down of his career.

Speaking today, he discussed how he was keen to get the situation sorted out one way or another. He said: "There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later. But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can."

Even if he chooses to leave Liverpool in the summer, the midfielder will be in high demand but it's clear that he's keen to stay at Anfield and play as many games as possible. The 33 year old will pass the 200 games mark this season, something few players have done.

He continued: "As a player you want to play as many games as you can.

"Every time you get that chance to go out there and perform, you need to do it to the best of your ability and make it difficult for the manager to leave you it.

"We have a strong squad of players and the competition is strong in every position and that is what we need to push each other to perform.

"Having that amount of games is what happens when you’re successful, we are lucky enough to have been that (successful) and we are still in all the trophies."

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