Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has labelled Virgil van Dijk and James Milner the most "arrogant" players he's come up against in the Premier League.
In a rare two-footed lunge, the Brazilian probably pleased more of the Old Trafford die-hards than he has on the pitch this season as he chose the Liverpool duo when answering a question on the Desimpedidos YouTube channel.
On the most 'marrento' (which translates as 'cocky' or arrogant') footballers he's met, Pereira responded: "I don't really like that guy, Milner.
"And to tell you the truth, I don't like that guy, the defender, Van Dijk. [He is] Marrento, man. Even the way he plays is kind of arrogant."
Strong words. The 24-year-old Brazil international does go on to say that he at least respects Van Dijk because "he plays well" - but clearly that respect only goes so far.
We can't imagine that Milner is particularly upset. The 34-year-old jokingly called Man United "f***ing w**kers" before lifting the Premier League trophy on Wednesday. So Milner probably won't mind a Red Devil poking back at him a bit.
As for Van Dijk, clearly the Dutchman stirs something up in Brazilian players. When asked about the defender by the same South American YouTube channel, Richarlison said in June: "People talk a lot about him, yes he is a great defender but I've already dribbled past him.
"He was chosen as one of the top three in the world as he had an excellent season. But yes, for me there are better defenders."
The Everton forward listed Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos as his trio.
Pereira's list of his most likeable Premier League opponents is also, unsurprisingly, weighted in favour of his fellow countrymen.
"David Luiz and Willian are the most 'good' guys," he said to Desimpedidos, saying that they are able to talk to each other before a match.
Frankly, all of this sounds good for business. An Everton attacker and - now - a Manchester United midfielder throwing a bit of shade at a Liverpool player or two? All three clubs' fans probably wouldn't have it any other way.
But don't expect Pereira to be swapping shirts at half-time with Milner or VVD in the near future.
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