5 Jun 2015

Liverpool clinch Milner signing

6:21 am on 5 June 2015

Liverpool have moved quickly in the transfer market after a disappointing end to the season to sign midfielder James Milner from Manchester City.

English footballer James Milner in action.

English footballer James Milner in action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 29-year-old, who has 53 caps for England, is out of contract at City and will join Liverpool on a free transfer in a month's time.

Milner has won two Premier League titles in five years at City since joining from Aston Villa, and his transfer signifies the start of a squad makeover in Manchester.

City's ageing squad finished eight points behind champions Chelsea in the Premier League and Manuel Pellegrini will be given a large budget to freshen things up this summer, having been restricted by UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules during the last two transfer windows.

Last season, City's starting 11 regularly averaged nearly 30 years old, with the likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Fernandinho all 30 plus.

Milner, however, still has plenty to offer and was arguably one of City's best performers last season so his capture is a boost for manager Brendan Rodgers who will be under pressure to get Liverpool back in the top four next season after finishing sixth in this campaign.