Liverpool announced that personal terms had been agreed with James Milner, and the Manchester City midfielder will join his new team-mates on Merseyside on July 1 when his Etihad contract expires.
The England international will move on a free transfer on the first of next month [confirmed on the club’s website], subject to a medical, and the midfielder could prove to be one of the signings of the summer – at least that’s what Reds supporters are thinking.
The Anfield faithful are understandably downcast following a hugely underachieving campaign, and fortunately for Brendan Rodgers, plenty of the club’s fans are delighted with their first signing of the summer.
With an immense work-rate and – not forgetting – sealed on a free transfer, he could prove to be one of the steals of the summer transfer window to a club in need of an established Premier League player, with Steven Gerrard departing for the MLS.
Here’s the best responses to the news on Twitter:
I beg to differ. James Milner probably is our answer for a quick & furious attacking method who is well-experienced https://t.co/JBRkmmcOKy
— Johardy Ibrahim (@johardyibrahim) June 4, 2015
James Milner is a decent signing, especially for free. Sick and tired of buying players with no Premier League experience — Dan. (@Lazallana) June 4, 2015
Excellent signing to start the summer business off at Liverpool with the arrival of in demand James Milner
— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) June 4, 2015
Anyone criticizing James Milner is woefully short on football knowledge. He will prove to be a superb signing for Liverpool Football Club. — showmethemoney (@smtm_LFC) June 3, 2015
What a class singing…welcome to anfield James Milner #YNWA
— ben leonard (@ben_leonard15) June 4, 2015
James Milner. What a signing for a free transfer. Works his arse off, can score and make goals!! — Paul James (@JerseyPaul90) June 4, 2015
James Milner is such a steal on a free transfer! Insane work-rate and thorough team player! First good piece of business from Rodgers!
— Sajad (@astraydogg) June 4, 2015
James Milner is an excellent signing. High wages, but no fee. He’s more Dirk Kuyt than Joe Cole. More Maxi than Babel. Will be a hit with us — Benny Profane (@BennyAntics) June 4, 2015