If those within the club had known how things would pan out later in the summer, Milner may still have been a Liverpool player this season.
But with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson giving no indication they would depart, the decision was made to allow his contract to expire, which paved the way for a free transfer to Brighton.
The 37-year-old has featured in all five games for the Seagulls so far this season, with four of those seeing victory for Roberto De Zerbis side.
Saturday brought a comprehensive 3-1 win over Man United at Old Trafford, with Brighton enjoying more possession despite being the away side.
United were pummelled throughout, with Milner coming off the bench for the final 13 minutes to see out the game at left-back.
11 Of all players in Premier League history, James Milner has the most wins against Man Utd (11), the joint-most away wins against Man Utd (6), and is the first player to win against Man Utd at Old Trafford with four different sides (Aston Villa, Man City, Liverpool, Brighton). pic.twitter.com/XQuxXQZCAp
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