Twitter Reacts as James Milner Joins Liverpool

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2015

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: James Milner passes the ball during the England training session held at St Georges Park on June 4, 2015 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Liverpool kicked off their summer window business on Thursday by confirming the free transfer of Manchester City's James Milner. According to the Guardian, the 29-year-old utility player will officially become a Reds player on July 1, at which point he will be paid £150,000 per week. 

Liverpool fans—who were undoubtedly displeased by the club's overspending last summer—showed a range of emotions in their reactions on Twitter. Many were impressed by the acquisition of the England star... 

Plenty of Liverpool fans expressed surprise at the deal... 

And while very few felt the deal was a bad idea, many Reds supporters were not overly enthused...

Most Manchester City fans, meanwhile, seemed quite unhappy to see Milner depart...

Whether right or wrong, Milner has a reputation as a functional and "boring" player, which led to an awful lot of people describing the deal with the word "sensible"...

Despite all the sensible talk, one Twitter user that showed uncharacteristic levels of excitement and enthusiasm was Milner's most popular parody account...

Steady on, James! Meanwhile, an awful lot of users decided this was the perfect opportunity to repost a Vine that is unlikely to make the former Manchester City star's highlight reel...

And plenty of folks took the opportunity to have a poke at Liverpool's top-four aspirations...

As is customary with any major football news, Milner's new deal encouraged plenty of jokes and memes... 

Even though Milner has reportedly accepted a £15,000-a-week pay-cut to come to Anfield, much fuss was made of his new remuneration package... 

Raheem Sterling's parody alter ego seemed particularly distressed by the wage details...

The overall impression on Twitter was that Liverpool have made a great acquisition, if a little unspectacular and a tad expensive. This B/R writer, however, has been traumatised by the news, mainly because of the "Brendan Milner" amalgam...

Best of luck getting to sleep tonight after seeing that.