He is the type of player the club need if they want to be successful. Sure, he's not the quickest, nor the most skilful, nor is he ever likely to finish high up the goalscoring charts, but in a squad packed full of talent and in a team bursting with expensive and flashy recruits, the simple truth is that City are better with Milner in the side.
Despite a handful of notable examples, non-league to top flight isn't a path that has been well travelled and was even closing, with elite clubs putting so much into ever more professional youth academies.
While a few additions may not sound like the rebuilding job a lifetime to everyone, there can be no doubting that Rodgers' future at Liverpool now depends heavily on the fortunes in the coming season.
It's that time of year again! That end of season period where all of the accolades for the Premier League's best teams and players are distributed to the same old names over and over again. Here we shall be giving a nod to those who have probably been largely forgotten about, those who are stuck in mid-table mediocrity.
Gerrard is so adored by those whose passion is Liverpool FC. In their eyes, he is the best player in the world - although this is diluted by the fact that few others have even come close to matching his high standards, whether through ability or, on occasion, loyalty.
As the 2014/15 football season comes to an end, my over-riding memory is of something that needs to be got rid of to improve the sport...
With a ticket to the Premier League now worth £120million a season, thinking with a clear head is always going to be difficult for those pulling the strings at our clubs - but that's why Leicester deserve a pat on the back for their handling of Pearson.
Liverpool badly need to get their house in order if they want to have a hope of clawing their way back into the top four again any time soon. The building blocks are all there: a devoted fanbase, a young team rife with potential, a manager with a decent track record and the rest of it.
Something needs to change for our beloved Welshman. If it's not going to be a move away, Real Madrid need to do more to accommodate him. He'll always have that price tag hanging over him otherwise.
He's only 22, but Ings has a huge decision to make this summer. He will have the chance to go to Liverpool if he wants it, maybe a bigger club too, but he has to make sure his head and not his heart is in control.
Aguero, to put it frankly, has been remarkable ever since he signed for Manchester City from Atletico Madrid for £38million in 2011. From his debut, where he scored twice, stealing the show in a 4-0 hammering of Newcastle, 'Kun' has been chief supplier of goals at the Etihad Stadium.
Some things just aren't meant to be. Sometimes, it's just best to face up to reality, get it out in the open and decide to move on. It's difficult, but necessary. It's in nobody's best interests to waste their time and effort.
More and more teams who looked safe are being dragged into the relegation dogfight and now five teams are separated by just two points as they fight to avoid the final relegation spot. So, who's going down? Who's staying up? Let's have a look...
Falcao simply wasn't ready for a full season in a league programme as action packed as England's. He is crying out for a proper summer's rest and with that under his belt there is every chance the Falcao of old will rise from the dead.
Sunderland have been bumping along the bottom of the league for years now, just about staying afloat. This season might be a step too far. In a couple of season's time, at this rate, we may even see a Tyne-Wear derby in the Championship.
If the makers had done a bit more research they would have discovered that as a company Sports Direct actually look after their long-serving workers, rewarding loyalty with shares and bonus schemes which can then be converted to hard cash.