Milner: I’ll play anywhere for City

However the England international has made no secret he would
prefer a role in the centre of midfield. Milner is Mancini’s sixth
summer signing after his protracted move from Aston Villa was
sealed last week. He said: “Wherever the manager wants me to play,
I’ll do it to the best of my ability. “But I enjoy playing in the
middle – that’s probably my best position and where I’ve shown by
best form over the past 18 months. I’ve been most creative and
scored goals from there and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. “I think
that’s where the boss has signed me to play, but if he asks me to
play anywhere else I’ll do what is best for the team. “As long as
we’re winning football matches, that’s all that counts.” Milner is
up for the challenge at City, who have splashed out in the hope of
reaching the Champions League. “You need competition at any
successful club, because if players are comfortable, whether they
play well or not then performances are going to slip, ” he added on
the club’s website. “You need players pushing each other every day
to step out on that pitch, and if you know you are going to be
replaced if you don’t perform, then that’s healthy for the team.”
While City have rebuilt their squad at vast expense, Liverpool have
made only one high-profile signing in England midfielder Joe Cole.
However more significantly for Mancini, new manager Roy Hodgson has
kept hold of his best players. Steven Gerrard has said he is happy
to carry on and help Liverpool try and improve on a disappointing
seventh place in the Premier League last season. Spain striker
Fernando Torres, with a World Cup-winner’s medal in his pocket, is
also up for the fight. Torres is getting back to full fitness after
injuring his thigh in the World Cup final and was on the bench in
the draw against Arsenal last weekend. Despite needing two knee
operations during the season he still managed to finish with 22
goals in 32 games in all competitions for his club. Argentina
enforcer Javier Mascherano remains on board even though he has been
linked to a move away from Anfield. Mancini said: “Liverpool are a
strong team. They did not sell any players from last season. “We
want to win but I have a lot of respect for them and a lot of
respect for Roy Hodgson. It should be a good match.”