'No chance' of Milner retiring at end of season, says Liverpool boss Klopp

Englishman Milner, 36, played for Premier League clubs Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City before joining Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015.

Milner has been a key cog for Liverpool during his seven-year stint at the Merseyside club, making 273 appearances and winning the Premier League as well as the Champions League.   -  REUTERS

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is desperate to play on and there is "no chance" of him retiring at the end of the season, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Englishman Milner, 36, played for Premier League clubs Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City before joining Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015.

The experienced midfielder has been a key cog for Liverpool during his seven-year stint at the Merseyside club, making 273 appearances and winning the Premier League as well as the Champions League.

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"There's no chance Millie will retire next year, he is desperate to play on," Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool's match against Burnley. "And I understand it, to be honest.

"Life after careers - when you are lucky enough to stay healthy - are much longer than your career. So you should extend your career as long as you can, if you can play football, it's better than other things.

"Millie will be fine after his career as well but he obviously loves what he is doing and he will play football next year definitely."

The midfielder's current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and Klopp confirmed Liverpool were in confidential talks with Milner over a contract renewal.

"But yes, of course - I am in talks, the club is in talks with Millie, we will see."

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