If required being the optimum word. If have Lewis and actually buy a CB who can play RB or LB then that part of Milners game becomes void. And instead we can use him as a midfielder but with Ox coming back Keita hopefully coming good and fabinho and Winjaldum becoming hard to discount as a first choice it puts a 33yr old with only bit parts to play on a high wage at a disadvantage and these are the decisions that need making if we are to improve quality but stick to FFP rules. Paying Milner a big wage to be 5th choice midfielder is not a good plan. The wage saved alone would help get in a top player. Maybe Milner does want to stay but is that likely when he is seeing Fabinho and Keita bought knowing their 2nd season here will be the time they should be used more regular. Our midfield right now is not good enough for us to just sit and admire it. The front 3 are and the CB pairing of Van Dijk and Gomez are along with the fullback pairing of Robertson and Trent are and the goalkeeper Alisson is. Something has to change in that midfield that improves its creativity and its all round quality. Fabinho is the start of this improvement along with Keita if he can find his true form but we still have Henderson Milner and Lallana who as good as they are on their day Winjaldum is by far and away better. Ox is far better when fit. Milner is the only one out of those 3 that shows any sort of form regular but he always looks leggy at backend of a season which is understandable being 33yrs old but it just means we need to plan for the future and that means hard decisions and losing very good players to hopefully get top quality ones. Or do you fully expect us to improve just as we are? Coutinho went and left a gap that has never been filled and you can say we have improved as a squad all you want because that improvement has 2 things to it and they are Van Dijk and Alisson making that defensive wall so solid nothing is going in and the fact it is so strong it is allowing Trent and Robertson to be so attacking and creative that it only boosts the attacking 3 even more. But had Coutinho stayed and we got Van Dijk and Alisson then maybe we would be still 7 points ahead in the league having been able to unlock a defense better or scored from direct freekicks more often a creative presence in the middle is important in games that are not working out well. This is why Ox is such a huge miss. So if we are to not break FFS rules how are we to improve this midfield if not actually sell some of the players we have there already?Leeds brought Milner onto the big stage as a 16 year old, not Southampton. I can see an argument as to why he may wish to move there - but i've only seen assumptions being made by fans - has Milner said anything on this? Milner has said before he wanted to keep his family in the North because they were settled, so i dont see him going to places like Southampton.
If Milner does go, it's pretty unlikely we will be getting a fee for him - given his age and salary. We've already as far as i understand it activated the clause in his contract to keep him a further season so if he does stay, i dont see us having any issues with his salary - Klopp is always keen to find ways to get him involved. That wont stop Klopp from planning for the future - if anything it might aid it if stories of Lewis being promoted to being our only back up LB in the squad are true as we know Milner can do a job there if required.