Bad news for Milner? 27-yr-old Liverpool target reportedly tells teammates he’s ready to make a move

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: James Milner of Liverpool (7) reacts as he concedes a penalty during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ryan Bertrand has told his Southampton team-mates that he is ready to leave the club this summer, according to reports

The left-back has produced some excellent performances this campaign and has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s Stadium, with Liverpool holding a strong interest in signing him, as reported by the Mirror.

Although James Milner has filled in admirably at left-back, Jurgen Klopp is said to be searching for a long-term solution in that position, with Bertrand – four years his compatriot’s junior – seen as a viable option.

Chelsea are also interested in signing Bertrand, who left the club permanently in 2015 following a succession of loan spells. Bertrand featured for Chelsea in their 2012 Champions League final success against Bayern Munich in 2012 and would suit the wing-back system that Antonio Conte’s side deploy.

Is Bertrand better than Milner and Alonso?

There is evidence to suggest that Bertrand is a more dependable defender than both Milner and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso.

Bertrand has made more interceptions and blocks per game than Milner and Alonso in the Premier League this season, while he also has a superior pass completion rate.