Stuart Pearce has claimed that Liverpool midfielder James Milner is the best pound-for-pound player in Premier League history.
The former Manchester City man has started all five games in the Premier League this season with the Reds enjoying a perfect start.
The 32-year-old has earned plaudits for his versatility while at Liverpool, having spent time at left-back last season but playing a central midfield role so far this term.
After Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their fine start with a win at Spurs on Saturday, former England man Pearce praised Milner.
“Milner’s a player that’s been so underrated,” Pearce said on 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.”
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