Liverpool should offer 35-year-old coaching role in 2022

Liverpool Football Club must offer James Milner a coaching role in 2022 to take advantage of his leadership.

He might not win games every week for the Reds but James Milner has a vital role for Liverpool and it’s multi-faceted.

The Yorkshireman isn’t just a workhorse that is happy to fill in wherever he’s asked to.

He’s also a proven winner with undeniable leadership skills and I have no doubt he’ll take the next step to go on to become a coach one day.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In order to become a top coach, he will need to show top-class tactical skills but I’m confident he’d be a quality man-manager even if he’s not necessarily the same as Jurgen Klopp.

His contract at Anfield expires in June 2022 and he’d be good to keep at the club and he could be given a role either on Klopp’s own coaching staff or be handed a role to start his own coaching journey in the Academy similar to Steven Gerrard.

The Scouse legend has tasted success in his first senior role with Rangers, guiding the Ibrox club to the Scottish Premiership title over Celtic last season.

Milner has yet to declare whether or not he would like to go into management but, in my humble opinion, I think he has the hallmarks of a decent Premier League coach.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 07: James Milner of Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 7, 2019 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: James Milner of Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates at full time during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 7, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

This season will be an interesting one for the vice-captain and with it potentially being his last for Liverpool, hopefully, he can go out on a high.

Klopp has Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson back from injury while Ibrahima Konate is already impressing in pre-season after joining from RB Leipzig for a fee worth £36 million.

Hopes are high that Liverpool can reclaim the Premier League title after slipping to a third-place finish last season amid an unprecedented injury plague.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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