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James Milner and Liverpool agree new one-year deal

James Milner has agreed to a new one-year contract with Liverpool which will take him beyond two decades as a Premier League player.

The former England midfielder, 36, is understood to have accepted a significant wage cut to stay at Anfield, having turned down more lucrative offers which included two-year deals at two Premier League clubs and one Major League Soccer franchise.

With his contract expiring at the end of June, Milner could have left on a free transfer, but Jurgen Klopp spelt out — both to the player and to the Liverpool hierarchy — that he is essential to the team’s continued success.

An agreement has been reached over the past 48 hours and confirmation of the new deal is expected this week.

Milner made 39 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions in 2021-22, playing vital minutes in a squad who played in every possible game this season — a total of 63 matches.

He made his Premier League debut for Leeds as a 16-year-old in 2002, and has also played for Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Manchester City, racking up 588 Premier League appearances — the fourth-most in competition history.

He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours this week, alongside Wales star Gareth Bale, and won 61 England caps between 2009 and 2016.

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