It wasnâ€™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 Leagueâ€™s best left-back last season.
â€śI read that,â€ť admitted Baines. â€śI 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.
â€śItâ€™s nice of him to say it because heâ€™s not just anyone. Jamie Carragher is well respected not just for his footballing ability and what heâ€™s done himself, but for his knowledge of the game. Everyone knows heâ€™s a football maniac.
â€śHeâ€™s a top, top player but itâ€™s like itâ€™s come from a top manager as well because thatâ€™s the way he thinks and heâ€™s almost on that level already.
â€śItâ€™s great that people think that of me. Iâ€™d never have really thought that when I first came to the club.
â€śItâ€™s nice to be regarded like that and if people make those comparisons then thatâ€™s great for me personally because Ashley has been and still is the best around.
â€śItâ€™s a compliment just to be compared to him.â€ť