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 FC @LFC
#LFC are delighted to announce a deal has been agreed to sign James Milner from Manchester City, subject to a medical http://t.co/dQjD5BQ5xm2015-6-4 08:28:57
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...
Sachin Nakrani @SachinNakrani
Welcome to Liverpool James Milner. An excellent signing, even if the cool kids don't think so.2015-6-4 08:30:37
Melissa Reddy @MelissaReddy_
James Milner is like a Swiss Army knife. A variety of strong, important tools all in one place. Runs and runs, tackles, assists, scores #LFC2015-6-4 08:49:33
Norwengish LFC @LFCNorwayhey
Happy about Milner signing. He isn’t as good as Gerrard was at 29, but better than the Stevie from the past few seasons.2015-6-4 15:51:57
Akbar Maulana @akbaritme
And now, we have the duo-machine in the team. Hendo & Milner. Welcome to LFC, James Milner. Great signing. #LFC2015-6-4 15:53:12
Plenty of Liverpool fans expressed surprise at the deal...
Parv Ramchurn @parvwriter
Surprised Milner decided to join us but pleased.2015-6-4 15:55:51
thegalaxywoman LFC @thegalaxywoman
Crikey weve actually managed to sign a decent player before the spuds nipped in at the last second! #milner2015-6-4 15:51:25
And while very few felt the deal was a bad idea, many Reds supporters were not overly enthused...
Can't muster any excitement over Milner and Ings. Milner good player but don't see how he adds much to weak areas. Ings likely never play.2015-6-4 15:51:05
Most Manchester City fans, meanwhile, seemed quite unhappy to see Milner depart...
Mitchell Hulse @MitchellHulse10
Absolutely gutted about Milner leaving! One of my all time favourite players! I actually feel like crying 😔😭 #Heartbroken #mcfc #Milner2015-6-4 09:28:48
Just found out Milner's move to Liverpool has been made official. If anyone needs me I'll be sat crying in the corner of my bedroom.2015-6-4 13:56:14
Very sad to see Milner leave. Hope we get someone better to ease my disappointment2015-6-4 12:32:31
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"...
#Milner - a v.sensible signing. Experienced. Will add much needed energy to midfield. Now for a defensive mid, RB and 2 new strikers! #LFC2015-6-4 09:07:19
Stefano Rinaldi @Rinaldi_27
Milner 👏🏻👏🏻 very good, sensible signing....possibly for the first time in my life. @LFC #LFC2015-6-4 08:40:34
Nick Pettigrew @Nick_Pettigrew
Signing Milner is a logical, sensible, no-fuss move which, knowing what we're like, will backfire completely.2015-6-4 08:56:02
James Milner on a free transfer? First good and sensible transfer deal we've made since Suarez was bought to the club2015-6-4 15:20:35
Paarth Dagger @paarthscouser
The more I analyse and weigh up what Milner will bring to our team, the more I am convinced he is a really sensible signing. #lfc #milner2015-6-4 14:38:07
Daniel Brewin @hithisisdan
Of all the money we have spent, James Milner on a free transfer looks one of the best! A very sensible addition to the squad. #LFC2015-6-4 11:09:27
Despite all the sensible talk, one Twitter user that showed uncharacteristic levels of excitement and enthusiasm was Milner's most popular parody account...
Boring James Milner @BoringMilner
Brendan Rodgers said Do you want to sign for Liverpool? I said I'll think about it. Then I thought about it, then I said Yes. He said Great.2015-6-4 09:01:39
Boring James Milner @BoringMilner
Joe Hart Said Goodbye James, all the best at Liverpool. I said Actually I don't leave until the 1st of July. He said Oh right.2015-6-4 12:42:56
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...
Not Match of the Day @NOT_MOTD
The reason why Liverpool signed James Milner. https://t.co/kyKsuyelJn2015-6-4 13:27:02
And plenty of folks took the opportunity to have a poke at Liverpool's top-four aspirations...
BREAKING NEWS: James Milner retires from Champions League football.2015-6-4 15:44:48
As is customary with any major football news, Milner's new deal encouraged plenty of jokes and memes...
8 Troll Football @8TrollFootball
Every summer the same (tho Milner is a good one) http://t.co/JWHmHJZDj32015-6-3 19:30:10
Not Match of the Day @NOT_MOTD
"It's the remix to ignition, Brendan Rodgers edition, looking forward to James Milner playing out of position." http://t.co/a9M87xyzHy2015-6-3 21:50:07
Deluded Brendan @DeludedBrendan
Couldnt be happier with the addition of James Milner We will be redifining the phrase 'Tiki-taka' when him Allen and Henderson get going.2015-6-4 08:44:56
James Milner is as excited as you are, Liverpool fans... https://t.co/B1o7ctmfOM2015-6-4 15:14:04
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...
Milner's wage at LFC is mad. But he is better than the whole LFC squad.2015-6-4 15:58:12
Milner @ 160k a week. The desperation is far too evident : (2015-6-4 13:30:51
Carl Carpenter @C_Carpenter14
Milner is a great signing for Liverpool, who will help lots of their needs in midfield, but his wages (if reported correctly) are obscene.2015-6-4 16:40:29
All the fans moaning about Milner and his wages would be moaning even more had we missed out on him to a rival.2015-6-4 12:53:02
Bad Defending @BadDefending
Milner, reportedly on 150k per week, on higher wages than Isco. Just let that sink in for a moment.2015-6-4 09:40:58
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...
Top Corner @HITCtopcorner
Brendan Milner... glorious. #LFC #TCMockUp http://t.co/R1VDK7Sr9Z2015-6-4 09:47:26
Best of luck getting to sleep tonight after seeing that.