James Milner is the best ‘pound for pound’ player the Premier League has potentially ever produced, according to Stuart Pearce.
The Liverpool midfielder has been heavily involved in helping them win their opening five games of the 2018/19 season including their 2-1 victory over Tottenham this weekend.
Milner made his Premier League debut in November 2002 for Leeds aged just 16.
The two-time Premier League winner, who is also teetotal, is famous for his high levels of fitness and shows no signs of slowing up at the age of 32.
And Pearce, who managed Milner when he was in charge of the England Under-21 side, paid tribute to his former player’s recent form and the way he’s conducted himself in his career as a whole.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Laura Woods, Pearce said: “Milner’s a player that’s been so underrated.
“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.”