James Milner from Liverpool admits that the coaching role at Anfield can seduce him towards the end of his career
‘It would be nice to share the knowledge I have gained and help other players’: James Milner admits that the coaching role at Liverpool can seduce him towards the end of his career after seeing the success of Jurgen Klopp
- James Milner is the senior player under Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning squad
- The Liverpool midfielder would like to stay in the match when he retires
- Liverpool has a track record in offering coaching roles to former players
Liverpool senior player James Milner is allowed to remain with Anfield as a coach after he eventually retires.
Milner, the senior player in Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning squad at the age of 34, still concentrates on playing with two more years of his current contract to run.
But he would like to stay in the game in some capacity and admits that Klopp’s success up close has made management more attractive.
James Milner is a three-time Premier League winner after Liverpool’s success this season
The senior member of Liverpool’s title-winning team concentrates on fulfilling his contract
Liverpool have a track record in providing popular coaching trajectories for former players, most notably Steven Gerrard who learned his trade as a coach of the club under 18 before taking on his first managerial job at Glasgow Rangers.
Milner, who could see former club Aston Villa in Liverpool’s first game at Anfield since they were crowned champions, reflected on his own managerial ambitions: ‘Some days it’s 100% yes. It is of course great when you see our manager come in and the work he has done.
“Then you see others get two months, lose a few games and they’re out. I think it would be a shame to get out of football with the luck I’ve had, the knowledge I gained would be nice to share and help other players.
“I’m at a great football club and work with some people, and you know the opportunities the football club offers, so we’ll see what happens at the end. But hopefully I have a few more years to go. ‘
Milner, who scored his first goal for Leeds as a 16-year-old in 2002, played 34 times this season in winning this third Premier League title after two previous successes in Manchester City.
He’s sure he can make an impact next season too – and has the data to prove it. “I think I got out of the lockdown, I was able to put 10 centimeters on my jumps, so that’s not so bad at my age. I’ll take that, ”he says.
Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool could inspire him to coach at the end of his career
‘The fitness test is interesting to come back every preseason and see where you are. I definitely reconsider all the time, trying to push as hard as I can
“I started yoga, a lot of people have had good things about it, so I’ve started doing it in the past four or five months. We are very well looked after with the support of physios, sports sciences and nutritionists, things like that.
“You can’t go on forever, but hopefully I can pull out of the front of the run to the center of the pack instead of the center of the pack to the back.
“I feel pretty good to be honest. There is a strange day when you get out of bed and feel a little stiff, but I’m sure that’s the case for most guys. I just want to go as long as possible. ‘