Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has predicted James Milner will be handed a new deal at Anfield.
The midfielder’s current contract expires next month and as things currently stand, he will leave after the Champions League final.
Milner had been linked with a return to Leeds United, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side failed to achieve promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, seemingly making any move unlikely.
Milner has been a trusted player for Liverpool since joining in 2015.
The utility man always gives 100% and is adored for his commitment to the cause by the Reds faithful.
The situation will probably be reviewed once the Champions League final is out of the way, but Nicol reckons keeping Milner on is a no-brainer.
Speaking on ESPN FC, he said as quoted by The Express: “Absolutely no chance he goes anywhere other than his car to drive to Anfield to sign a new deal.
“It would be absolutely crazy, he’s been a huge part of this year again.
“Regardless of his age, Liverpool will need him next year. Maybe he won’t play as many games, but he’ll be needed for cover all around the field.”
Liverpool fans react
Liverpool fans appear to be fairly split about Milner’s future, with many desperate to see him stick around, while some simply think his age should be cause to move him on:
Handy guy to have around the changing room and pitch
— Wares Marty? (@marty_wares) 22 May 2019
— RedRightHandLFC (@RedRightHandLFC) 22 May 2019
He can easily play a couple more years for us! Lad is very important
— Pratyush (@PratyushG4) 22 May 2019
Better, else Liverpool will regret letting go. Millie fills lots of void, from defense, midfield to attack.
— KOBE’s Dad 💯 (@SireLoneWolf) 22 May 2019
— InKloppWeTrust 👓 (@Allez_Allez_A) 22 May 2019
i hope so! great character to have in and around the place
— lewis★ (@zerkaatries) 22 May 2019
Give him the pen we need his leadership and passion.
— Mohamed Bashir (@bashirm35402468) 22 May 2019
I appreciate Milner, he’s given this team a lot but isn’t he going to be 34 the time his contract expires. Surely it’d be best that this is his last season
— Rajoun Buddo (@Jon_Van_Dijk) 22 May 2019
Your kidding me
— lfc88 (@lfc883) 22 May 2019
We will keep on winning nothing
— ezze gustavo (@_ezze96) 22 May 2019
Definitely yes he derserves it after such a good season he had
— Altaaf khan (@Altaaf63295595) 22 May 2019
He’s old, NO way
— Dominic Ampong (@domingodominics) 22 May 2019
— Smigger (@Smigger67) 22 May 2019