Man Utd legend Evra names Liverpool star as ‘most annoying’ opponent

Lewis Oldham
Ex-Man Utd defender Evra

Man Utd legend Patrice Evra has named Liverpool midfielder James Milner as the “most annoying” opponent he ever came up against.

The 35-year-old has been with Liverpool since 2015. He joined them after having successful spells at the likes of Aston Villa and Manchester City.

Milner signed for Liverpool on a free transfer from their Premier League rivals Man City ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

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The Englishman has now played more for Liverpool than any of his previous clubs. He has featured over 250 times across all competitions.

Despite now playing 569 times in the Premier League, Milner continues to be an important player for Liverpool.

The midfielder has played eight times this term. He was brought off early on last month as Liverpool beat Man Utd 5-0 at Old Trafford.

Evra has told United’s official website that he used to be “frustrated” when he played against Milner:

“The toughest one? It’s not the toughest one, but the most annoying one was James Milner,” Evra said.

“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.”

Speaking in April, Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders suggested that he would take Nat Phillips and Milner if he “needed to survive in a jungle”:

“Nathaniel is an example where determination and respect can bring you, and an example of how collectively this team and staff is working,” Lijnders told the club’s official website.

“He puts his head where other players don’t put their feet. He has a heart like a lion. Probably if I need to survive in a jungle, the first two people I’d choose are Nathaniel and Millie!

“Ozan is a big talent, so much progression is still possible. He adapted fantastically inside our club from a context like Schalke and had an immediate impact with Liverpool FC.”