New signing James Milner today highlighted how Liverpool were the right fit for him and the importance of Brendan Rodgers in his free transfer to Anfield.
In an official interview James said:
Liverpool is a great fit for me as a club. It's a huge club and there is a lot of pressure every time you step out onto that field. I've played in front of the Anfield crowd and it'll be nice to be on the other side of the fans now!
It's an amazing feeling. It's always a big thing, obviously, changing club. To sign for a club as big as Liverpool with the history they've got and the place it is - I'm just ready to get started I suppose.
On Brendan Rodgers..
He was a massive part (of my signing), to be honest. The club doesn't need a lot of selling about what a great club it is, with all the history, the support and the squad they have. But speaking to the manager and what his plans were for me, things I've heard about him from other players - I was speaking to Stevie at England and people like that - and what he said to me made me want to come and play for him straight away.
On the title race two seasons ago...
As I said, I've been fortunate enough to win trophies. Obviously Liverpool came so close a couple of years ago to winning the league and being up against them in that title run-in, it felt like the whole world wanted them to win the league. That shows the love for the club and the global respect for the team. Hopefully, my experience can help us get into that position again.
I'd like a trophy cabinet full of medals, to be honest. That's the reason why I've come here.
The club today confirmed that Milner would be handed the number 7 shirt - his response...
I was seven at Man City, but at a club like Liverpool you can wear any number on the squad and it'll have been filled with amazing players who have worn it before. I know seven is a special number for this football club and hopefully I can be a special player for this club.