Stuart Pearce, former England left-back, has given a quite brilliant appraisal of James Milner following yet another Man of the Match display from Liverpool’s evergreen midfielder.
Milner is 32-years-old and many Reds assumed he’d be a backup to the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson this term, but he’s quite rightly started all five of our wins to date.
Against Spurs, Milner’s leg-work was phenomenal, but he also showed genuine quality on the ball.
Pearce has named the former Manchester City man as potentially the greatest Premier League player, pound for pound, EVER!
“Milner’s a player that’s been so underrated,” he told talkSPORT.
“There’s a saying in boxing on who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
“I think Milner is the best pound-for-pound footballer in the Premier League potentially there has been.
“I don’t think he’s been the best footballer by a million miles but you should throw everything into the mix like professionalism.
“He’s 32-years-old now and he’s ridiculously low maintenance and I’ve never seen one detrimental story about Milner in the papers.
“He’s probably run more than any player that’s taken to the pitch over those last 16 years, he’s played over 130 games at all age groups for the England national team.
“At one stage Manchester City thought he was surplus to requirements and he went to Liverpool. Then all of a sudden he plays a season at left-back for Liverpool and he’s fantastic there!
“You just can’t keep him down. He will not go under.”
In terms of a player who can do absolutely everything on a football pitch, Steven Gerrard is undeniably Milner’s superior.
But since our captain left the top flight, Milner has perhaps offered the most in terms of versatility, work-rate and professionalism.
We hope he maintains his current form as he’s an ideal option in one of our the roaming midfield positions. He covers defensively with aplomb, but also has extremely dangerous delivery.
There’s been no midfielder better in the division so far this season. Long may it continue.