Jamie Carragher believes Jordan Henderson could find competition for the Liverpool armband in the shape of new signing James Milner.
The Anfield midfielder has deputised for Steven Gerrard whenever the iconic captain hasn’t played over the last two seasons.
But with Gerrard off to LA Galaxy now, the skipper’s role has yet to be decided – with boss Brendan Rodgers refusing to confirm Henderson in the role from the start of next season.
Now Liverpool legend Carragher believes Henderson may have to battle it out with Milner to become the next club captain as the Englishmen gets set to sign on in Merseyside.
It’s believed Milner is on the verge of moving to Liverpool on a free transfer from Manchester City after failing to nail down a regular starting spot under Manuel Pellegrini.
And Carragher has had his say on what it means for Milner, Henderson and the team:
The news of the likely arrival of James Milner at Liverpool throws up a few questions, I think it’s a very good signing a free transfer who can play in a few positions & got great experience.
A good character which you can see from the fact he’s left Man City in the Champions League for Liverpool shows that regular starts mean more to him at this time than being a squad player with more chance of picking up trophies at City. Brendan Rodgers will have spoken to him about where he sees him fitting in but he’s very similar to Jordan Henderson & 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 & Jordan to both play alongside a holding midfielder (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 years midfield set up.
Also the fact that Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t confirm Jordan Henderson as this seasons captain even though he was captain in Gerrard’s absence last season makes me think him & Milner could be competing for the armband! Was that another thing that enticed Milner to join? A few thoughts on the subject but all in all I think it’s a good signing & glad he’ll be wearing the red of LFC hopefully when it’s confirmed in the next week or so.
Milner’s experience at club and international level means he could be a big signing for Liverpool as they look to replace Gerrard this summer and rebuild their team after a difficult season.