It wasn’t often that the Everton defender was left red-faced last season, but his cross park rival Carragher managed to do just that when he publicly hailed Baines as the Premier League’s best left-back last season.
“I read that,” admitted Baines. “I think we were on the plane back from somewhere and one of the lads showed me that and I was blushing to be honest with you.
“It’s nice of him to say it because he’s not just anyone. Jamie Carragher is well respected not just for his footballing ability and what he’s done himself, but for his knowledge of the game. Everyone knows he’s a football maniac.
“He’s a top, top player but it’s like it’s come from a top manager as well because that’s the way he thinks and he’s almost on that level already.
“It’s great that people think that of me. I’d never have really thought that when I first came to the club.
“It’s nice to be regarded like that and if people make those comparisons then that’s great for me personally because Ashley has been and still is the best around.
“It’s a compliment just to be compared to him.”