Michael Essien has reflected his time with Chelsea while naming the toughest opponents he ever faced in the Premier League.
Essien, who is regarded as one of the greatest African players to ever grace the English Football, has revealed that Manchester United's Paul Scholes and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard were the two 'toughest' opponents he ever faced in the Premier League.
"I will always say that it’s between Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes, to be honest," he said when asked to ane the 'toughest' player he came up against during an Instagram Live this week.
"Them two were quite tough! Not only good on the ball but they can tackle really hard, very strong as well. They were quite tough but the Premier League back then was very tough. Everywhere we went and everyone you come up against is tough so you have to try and be tough."
The Ghanian international also revealed how he came close to signing for Liverpool and even met Gerard Houllier at the club's training ground.
"I had a lot of offers [when playing for Bastia]. I was close to signing for Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was their coach," he revealed.
"I even went to Melwood to meet the coach. We had a talk and I returned to France but the offers were still coming. PSG, Olympique Marseille, et al, but I told Bastia I didn’t want to move and they also didn’t want to sell me at that time because they wanted me to stay for another year which was fine with me because I also didn’t want to leave the club."
"So I stayed for another season, that’s my third year with the club. Lyon were my favorite team when I went to France because they were winning everything. I told my agent that if Lyon have come into the picture I’d like to join them."