Milner is football's ultimate marmite man. He is the player we love to hate and hate to love. This has never been more apparent ahead of his free transfer to Liverpool subject to a medical.
Ask most people what the midfielder's main attributes are and they'll probably respond with: "Milner's a good honest professional, who is reliable and works hard" - in others words solid but dour.
In many ways his skill set is a microcosm of England's failings as they're constantly outplayed by more technical opposition. The vitriol Milner receives is merely because he is the easiest target as opposed to his actual ability.
However, his fighting spirit is exactly what Liverpool are lacking at the minute and in that sense he is a sensible signing.
Throughout Brendan Rodger's three-year spell with Liverpool the midfield has become increasingly weaker in stature and in experience as the Northern Ireland man has focused mainly on the defence and attack.
The result has been average players such as Stewart Downing and Yannick Bolasie become world class dribblers when playing the Merseyside club, whilst Marouane Fellaini and Christian Benteke have frequently bullied the Reds in the air.
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With Emre Can so far being deployed in defence that often means vice-captain Jordan Henderson is often tasked with running the midfield by himself.
The 24-year-old will be grateful to have someone as industrious as him. Together the English duo will give Liverpool the robustness they've lacked since former Marseille manager Eric Gerets' referred to Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Gerrard as duracell bunnies.
Milner's experience will be vitally important to an increasingly young squad. His 53 international caps for the Three Lions makes him the third most capped player in the team behind veteran defender Kolo Toure who has signed a new deal and Martin Skrtel who may be leaving in the nearby future.
His two Premier League medals, FA Cup and Carling Cup win also makes him one of a handful players at the club to have won a major trophy.
The former Leeds United, Newcastle and Aston Villa man is also capable of delivering a final pass. In the 2009/10 season for Villa he had 12 assists and despite not being a regular for City this season he has had a hand in setting up seven goals. Overall he has 37 league assists in the past six seasons.
Added with his ability to score on a semi-regular basis from open-play (something Gerrard has not been capable of doing in a long time) then the Reds look set to gain something from the deal.
The Spaniard legend linked defence to attack like no other could for the club and his departure gave rise to the sporadic attacking play that has characterised the Reds ever since, even in last season's surprising title tilt where the genius and consistency of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge drove them to second, rather than cleverly thought out attacks.
Allen 87.9% and Lucas 87.2% come close but both uncreative passers noted for safe sideways passes. Milner, albeit often play out wide only achieved a pass percentage of 79.5%.
His highest ever tally for City is 84.3% in the title winning of 2011/12 implies unless Rodgers plans to bring in another midfielder the Reds are likely to continue to struggle in possession.