Liverpool are reportedly confident of sealing a deal to land Manchester City midfielder James Milner on a free transfer this summer.

The versatile City man is out of contract with the champions later this year and is yet to agree a new deal at the Etihad after seeing his first-team opportunities limited at the club over the past couple of years.

Milner has made 30 appearances this term with 11 starts, but was deployed in an unfamiliar role of striker over the Christmas period due to injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.

Liverpool are monitoring the situation and will look to make the former Leeds United youngster a replacement for Steven Gerrard, according to ESPN.

The long-serving Reds skipper will depart for LA Galaxy in July and manager Brendan Rodgers sees Milner as the best man to replace the talismanic Gerrard at Anfield.

Milner is free to talk to foreign clubs this month ahead of a summer move, but the England international wants to remain in the Premier League and will have offers from elsewhere when his current deal expires.

Source: Metro