​Liverpool midfielder James Milner has heaped praise on Lionel Messi, claiming that the Argentine has the ability to make anyone look stupid. The midfielder can say that with experience since it was Messi who nutmegged him when Milner was at ​Manchester City.

In the end, however, it was Milner who got the last laugh as it was his Liverpool side that trumped ​Barcelona in the semi-final of the​ Champions League last season to go to the final and ultimately win the competition.

Speaking of the affair, Milner stated that the Reds’ 3-0 loss in the first leg wasn’t a fair reflection of how they played, before going on to praise Messi for being someone with the ability to embarrass the opponents.

“The first game wasn't a fair reflection of the game, but you know, football isn't fair at times,” he was quoted by Daily Star.

"And when you've got that guy (Messi) on the team it is very hard to run as fast as you can with your legs closed as I've found out. He can make you look stupid. The free-kick he scored, the player he is means it is always going to be tough."

The Merseyside outfit have started the season brilliantly as they have won all their matches in the league and have an 8 point lead over second-placed City.