Jurgen Klopp responds to James Milner transfer rumours amid Brighton links

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jurgen klopp have suggested james milner will liverpool when his contract expires in the summer.

have a goal for the veteran brighton And is expected to join Albion on a free transfer after eight seasons at Anfield.

Klopp tried to persuade 37-year-old vice-captain Milner to stay but gave up.

He added: “Millie, I can say I’ve had really good conversations with him over the last few months. He knows how much I value him, he’s an incredible part of the team and I’m looking forward to working with him for an even longer time.” Would love to work longer hours.

“But the exact outcome of his decision, I think Milley would say – I don’t know if it’s happened yet. Don’t say anything more to me. Nothing positive would have happened in the last seven and a half years without James Milner.”

Milner could feature in Saturday’s game against Brentford after Thiago Alcantara is absent following surgery on a hip injury. The Spain international should be fit for pre-season.

Jordan Henderson is also in doubt while Diogo Jota has a back problem that could keep him out.

“Hendo, I want to see. He had a scan yesterday. It won’t be a big deal, but maybe enough.” [to rule him out]Klopp said. “Diogo has a back problem, he could train yesterday but he didn’t do much.”

Roberto Firmino could return to training next week while Stefan Bajitic is out for the remainder of the campaign and Naby Keita is still missing.

A win against Brentford would keep Liverpool just one point behind Manchester United, but Erik ten Haag’s side have two games in hand and Klopp remains in doubt over their place in the top four.

He added: “The other teams are in much better shape, as long as they win games we have no chance,” he said. “We have to put the teams behind us. we have 59 [points] So United have 63 so the maximum we can get is 71. United need eight out of five points for this [a possible] 15. I think they will.