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Brendan Rodgers has explained why James Milner chose to join Liverpool after leaving Manchester City back in 2015.
Milner was Rodgers’ one of the final signings after his contract expired in summer of 2015.
“At that time, we felt that we needed that experience to come in,” said Rodgers. “It was a big decision for James.
“I remember travelling out one evening with Charlotte, my wife, and we were trying to coax him to come. So we went to his house and we sat down.
“Charlotte did the work on his wife, telling her what a great club Liverpool is and how it is an incredible place to come. And I went to work on James…”
“It’s really, really interesting because he wanted to come to Liverpool. He had won the Premier League, he had won cups. His whole ambition was to win the Champions League and he felt that he would have a better opportunity to win it at Liverpool.
“When we got the call to say he was going to come, I was so happy. His professionalism, his intensity, his focus. It was always going to help the squad. Even though it was only a short time we worked together, he was always going to be a really good signing.
“He was brilliant. Then you see what he has done. He has played at left-back, he has played in midfield. He is just a top class professional and he has done absolutely brilliant for the club.
“And I dreaded the penalty! Knowing he is on the pitch… He is very cool and calm – and he doesn’t miss. He tucked it away, even with that pressure.”
Milner has made 11 appearances so far during this season with having scored and assisted 2 times.