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.”