James Milner: Even Leo Messi would struggle to replace Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
New Liverpool signing James Milner has said even Barcelona legend Lionel Messi would struggle to replace the recently departed Steven Gerrard.
The Scouser ended a lifetime connection with the club after signing for LA Galaxy, with Milner signed from Manchester City to fill the void left in the middle of the pitch.
The England international says that he is not there to directly replace Gerrard and has paid the highest tribute to the 2005 Champions League winner by suggesting even one of the greatest players to ever grace the game would find it difficult to replace the Reds legend.
"I don't think there's someone on the planet who could replace Gerrard for what he did for Liverpool football club over the years, so as a team we need to replace his output," he told ABC.
"And I'm sure that can be done, but me personally, I'm a different player to him and I'll do my job and do what I do best.
"Even Messi would struggle to replace Stevie for what he's done for Liverpool over the years.
"What he's done on and off the field, as a player and as a captain, as a person, he's been amazing. It's a big void to fill but I'm sure as a team we can do that."
Milner has already impressed in the centre of midfield in Liverpool's friendly wins against A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.