‘It would be nice to share the knowledge I have gained and help other players’: James Milner admits coaching role at Liverpool may entice him at the end of his playing career after watching Jurgen Klopp’s success
- James Milner is the senior player under Jurgen Klopp’s title winning squad
- The Liverpool midfielder would like to stay in the game once he retires
- Liverpool have a track record of offering former players coaching roles
Liverpool‘s senior player James Milner may stay at Anfield as a coach after he eventually retires.
Milner, the senior player in Jurgen Klopp‘s title-winning squad at 34, is still concentrating on playing with two years of his current contract left to run.
But he would like to stay in the game in some capacity and admits seeing Klopp’s success close hand has made the prospect of management more appealing.
James Milner is a three-time Premier League winner following Liverpool’s success this season
The senior member of Liverpool’s title winning team is concentrating on fulfilling his contract
Liverpool have a track record of offering popular former players coaching jobs, most notably Steven Gerrard who learned his trade as the club’s under-18s coach before taking his first manager’s job at Glasgow Rangers.
Milner, who could face 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 is 100% yes. It is obviously great when you see our manager coming in and the job he’s done.
‘Then you see others getting two months, lose a few games, and they are out. I think it would be a waste to move out of football with how lucky I’ve been, the knowledge I’ve gained it’d be nice to share it and help other players.
‘I am at a great football club and work with some people, and you know the opportunities the football club gives so so we will see what happens at the end. But hopefully I have a few more years to go yet.’
Milner, who scored his first goal for Leeds as a 16-year-old way back in 2002, has played 34 times this season in winning this third Premier League title after two previous successes at Manchester City.
He is sure he can make an impact next season too – and has the data to prove it. ‘I think coming out of lockdown I managed to put 10 centimetres on my jumps so that’s not too bad at my age. I’ll take that,’ he says.
Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool could inspire him into coaching at the end of his career
‘The fitness test is interesting coming back every pre-season and seeing where you are at. I reassess all the time definitely, I try and push as hard as I can
‘I’ve taken up Yoga a lot of people have had good things with that so I started that the last four or five months. We are very well looked after with support from physios, sports science and nutritionist, things like that.
‘You can’t go on forever but hopefully I can drop off from being the front of the running to the middle of the pack rather than the middle of the pack to the back.
‘I feel pretty good to be fair. There’s the odd day you get out of bed and feel a bit stiff but I’m sure that’s the case for most of the lads. I just want to go as long as I can.’