James Milner could captain Liverpool, says Jamie Carragher.



Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes James Milner could go on to captain the club if he accepts their contract offer.

Milner, 29, is out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the month and can now discuss terms with other clubs over a free transfer.

The England international is not short on suitors, linked with Arsenal and Manchester United too, but Liverpool are reported to be on the brink of completing a deal.

Liverpool have lost captain Steven Gerrard, who is about to start his MLS career with LA Galaxy and Carragher, who made 508 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, says that the Reds could be signing a new leader.

"[Manager] Brendan Rodgers will have spoken to him [Milner] about where he sees him fitting in but he's very similar to Jordan Henderson," Carragher wrote on Kicca.

"I have no doubt one reason he's joining is to play in a more central role rather than out wide. Could Milner play a holding role? Maybe, but I don't think that's what suits him.

"His main strength is his engine which could suit him and Jordan to both play alongside a holding midfielder (Emre Can?) but his best position is tucked in from the right in a central role which is also Jordan Henderson's so it'll be interesting how those two fit into next year's midfield set up.

"The fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn't confirm Jordan Henderson as this season's captain even though he was captain in Gerrard's absence last season makes me think him and Milner could be competing for the armband.

"Was that another thing that enticed Milner to join?

"I think it's a very good signing -- a free transfer who can play in a few positions and got great experience.

"A good character which you can see from the fact he's left Man City in the Champions League for Liverpool.

"That shows regular starts mean more to him at this time than being a squad player with more chance of picking up trophies at City."

Source: ESPN FC


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