“People thought I was making a mistake”: James Milner on leaving Man City for Liverpool

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Reds midfielder James Milner has stated that people thought he was making a mistake by leaving Manchester City for Liverpool.

Milner signed for Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015. Since then, he has won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League.

Milner said that he was fortunate to have the choice between Manchester City and Liverpool. But, he has suggested that he could not turn down the chance to play for the Reds.

“I like the fact that a lot of people thought I was making a mistake. That is one of the things that drives you. I was in a fortunate position of staying at City or going to Liverpool. But it was a chance to go to Liverpool…” Milner told the Mirror.

“Coming in at Liverpool I saw the hangover of that and the comments such as ‘we nearly won the league’. That thinking had to go. They had to move on and you can see from the journey it was bit by bit, improving all the time.

“Getting 97 points losing out to a special Man City team and not winning the league, now that’s make or break really. It’s either ‘what else can we do?’ Or is it ‘you know what, we can do better’. To be able to win it is incredible and I’m so proud to be part of it.”

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Milner has played 211 games for the club. In those appearances, he has scored 26 goals and registered 40 assists.

The aforementioned numbers highlight that he has contributed to the success of the team.

Milner made the correct decision to leave Manchester City in my opinion. The reality is, he has claimed the Champions League trophy during his time at Liverpool.

Manchester City are yet to won that particular trophy. Had Milner stayed at Manchester City, he would have missed out on winning the biggest trophy in club football in 2019.

Milner still has two years left on his current Liverpool contract.