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James Milner is eager to stay with Liverpool.

That would mean he is set to resist Leeds return.

James Milner has hinted that he would like to sign a new contract at Liverpool, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season. The versatile 33-year-old has been at Anfield since 2015.

He joined the Reds as a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at Manchester City, and is heading down a similar path at present. Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Milner’s future will be assessed at some stage, with an experienced performer still proving to be a useful asset.

The Daily Star says Milner has his heart set on a new contract at Liverpool, even if his boyhood club Leeds get promoted. Even with promotion far from guaranteed, he reportedly can’t delay making a decision on his future.

It is suggested contract negotiations between Milner and Liverpool have already started.

The ex-England international highlighted that value again in his latest outing as he converted a dramatic stoppage-time penalty in a 2-1 win over Leicester.

After extending Liverpool’s run of successive Premier League victories to 17 and kept them clear at the top of the table, Milner told BBC Sport when quizzed on his contract: “Hopefully scoring today hasn’t done any harm so we will see what happens.”

It would come as a surprise to many if Liverpool were to allow Milner to walk away.

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