Liverpool: James Milner wants central role and more games

James Milner and Manuel Pellegrini
James Milner will be playing for his fifth club in the Premier League after spells with Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City

New Liverpool signing James Milner says he left Manchester City to increase his chances of playing regularly.

The 29-year-old England international also believes his move to Anfield on a free transfer will allow him to play in his favoured central midfield role.

"I want to play football and play more centrally if I can and that's where the manager said he sees me playing," Milner said.

"That's a big thing for me coming to the later stages of my career."

Milner won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup during a five-year stay at City, where he was regularly used in a wide-right position.

However, he started just 18 league games under Manuel Pellegrini last season and wants to increase that number after becoming one of six new signings by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.

Milner, who has been capped 54 times by England, added: "I was lucky enough to win trophies and be part of a good squad there [at City].

"But speaking to the club about what their plans were and where they saw me over the next few years at the club, and then speaking to the manager here and his plans going forward and for myself, I just thought it was the right thing for me to hopefully go and get more game time and be part of something special.

"I want to play as much football as I can. When I'm sat at 45 and retired, I want to look back and see what I've done and that I've played games, rather than having come to the end of my career and tailed off."

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