Manchester City midfielder James Milner has reportedly been told that he will need to lower his wage demands if he wants to make a free transfer move to Anfield at the end of the season.
The Express are reporting that the England international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is wanted at Anfield but is asking for too much money to make the switch.
Milner, twenty-nine years old, is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Liverpool, but it is being said that the former Aston Villa man wants his current £120,000 a week wage matched by the club.
But Brendan Rodgers has warned Milner that the wage structure at Anfield will not be gone against to give him that kind of deal.
Milner, who has also been linked with Arsenal, is said to want more regular first-team football than he has been afford at Manchester City by Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini – who has gone on record about wanting to keep the midfielder.
“I think that in our club all the people who decide if Milner stays or goes want him to stay. He must decide what he wants in his future.” the City boss said.
“I think that an important squad must always have two important players for each position to win something because you have so many injuries.
“This happens in Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, our team. I think that important players must fight for their place in the team.
“Nobody has the guarantee that you will play when you come to a big team and you have high competition but I think that James has played a lot this season.” he concluded.
Milner came off the bench in City’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield and got a taste of what he could expect next season should he sign for the club.