Date: 20th March 2023 at 9:30am
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Premier League sides will now have a two-week break to allow the first round of qualifying for Euro 2026 to take place. 

By the time league action returns, several sides will not have played in the competition for around three weeks, with the FA Cup quarter-finals having taken priority this weekend.

The likes of Manchester City and Manchester United were involved in the cup, while Liverpool were among those who didn’t play at all.

When The Reds return, they face a trip to Manchester to face rivals Manchester City at The Etihad.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will be desperate for a win to boost their hopes of securing a place in the top four, while City will be looking to reduce Arsenal’s lead at the top of the table.

In the meantime, it is being reported that Klopp has made a decision on the future of one of his midfielders.

According to Football Insider, the German has instructed those in charge of Liverpool to offer veteran midfielder James Milner a new contract.

The 37-year-old’s current deal is due to expire this summer, but his manager appears intent on keeping him at Anfield for a further 12 months.

Liverpool manager Klopp is keen for Milner to stay with the club for another season

Milner joined Liverpool on a free transfer from rivals Manchester City back in 2015 and has since made more than 320 appearances for the club.

He has won seven trophies since joining The Reds, including the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

The player’s contract was initially due to expire last summer, but he penned a one-year extension to keep him at the club until at least the end of the current campaign.

Despite his age, Milner continues to play an important role for Liverpool.

So far this term, the ex-England international has made 32 appearances across all competitions.

Klopp reportedly believes that Milner’s influence both on and off the pitch is crucial to his side’s success and is hopeful that he won’t leave the club this summer.

Talks haven’t started yet but Liverpool are said to be confident that an agreement could be reached quickly with Milner, who was one of the first players to join the club when Klopp took charge at Anfield.

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