James Milner has responded to Patrice Evra naming him as his toughest opponent.
Evra was asked about the best players he has come up against during his appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, having faced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“James Milner. I played against Messi many times in the wide position, and I won’t say he’s easy to mark, but I could deal with it,” he said.
“It’s when he goes central, that’s when he’s dangerous because he can turn on the right or left.
“Only because he could frustrate me because I’m an attacking defender and he’s following me everywhere and challenging me in the air and I would just get frustrated sometimes: “Just go and attack and leave me alone!”
Milner, who was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Genk in the Champions League, was asked about the comment.
“It’s nice to hear that Patrice thought I was a nuisance,” Milner said.
Liverpool head to Belgium looking to build on a poor away run in the competition, having lost to Napoli in their group opener.
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Milner added: “We haven’t been good enough away from home in the Champions League, we have to be better, we have to improve, starting tomorrow night.
“Bayern stands out and you can see stats how you want. You can say the groups are this and that. We want to win and it won’t be easy but we have to make it happen.
“No Champions League game is straightfroward. They are strong at home and they had a good European campaign last year. A good result against Napoli will give them confidence.