Patrice Evra says he hated facing James Milner. The former Manchester United man found the current Liverpool star ‘annoying’.
James Milner is coming up on 20 years in the Premier League – an incredible milestone. That career has seen him play for several of the most storied clubs in the country, building a reputation as a fantastic all-around player.
Milner has played every outfield position except centre-back (though, someone could correct us on that) and done so to a high level. The finest example of that is his season at left-back as Liverpool qualified for the Champions League.
The 35-year-old is simply good at everything. His work-rate is absolutely elite, while his delivery with the ball is probably his best on-ball trait.
Other than that, Milner’s strength comes from being good at everything. And that makes him a nightmare to play against.
Patrice Evra on James Milner
Former Manchester United and France left-back Patrice Evra recently talked about Milner to the Reds Devils’ website. He says the now-Liverpool midfielder was the most annoying player he ever faced.
“The toughest one? It’s not the toughest one but the most annoying one was James Milner,” said Evra.
“People always expect me to say another one but James Milner. The reason was because he was always defending more than myself.
“I’m someone, I’m an attacking defender so he frustrated me so much because he was following me everywhere.
“Even if I was going in the toilet, he was going to follow me. I would say the most annoying is James Milner.”
It’s part of what makes Milner so special. He can defend diligently for 90 minutes, rarely making a mistake, but also provide the team with what it needs going forward.
It’s why Jurgen Klopp trusted him at left-back for a season. It’s also why he put him at right-back against Manchester City this season.
So we’re not surprised that Evra found Milner so frustrating to play against. You have to be on your game for the entire 90 minutes – both forwards and backwards – when up against the Yorkshireman.
While he may no longer be at the peak of his powers, Liverpool are really going to struggle to replace that in their squad once Milner steps down.