Distin, now 36, is playing some of the best football of his career.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "I don't think we are similar players, of course. We play different positions and his strengths and completely different to mine.
"I'm a lot more athletic than he is, but he is more of a ball player and a passer.
"But he's definitely an inspiration. If he can make it and play football until he is 40, then why not me?"
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