Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has revealed his toughest Barclays Premier League challenge came against Gary Cahill.
The former Newcastle forward had a plethora of talent to choose from in the English league, but opted for the Bolton Wanderers man ahead of John Terry, Nemanja Vidic, Jamie Carragher and more.
“[My toughest opponent?] Probably Gary Cahill at Bolton,” the £35 million January signing told FourFourTwo magazine.
“He gave me a horrible afternoon. I couldn't get past him. I did alright against John Terry.”
Cahill has been linked with a number of clubs since the summer, with the England international thought to be on the radar of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Trotters boss Owen Coyle even went as far as to say the defender is worth £25 million, and the endorsement from Liverpool's new number nine will go a step further in enhancing the player's growing reputation.
Arsene Wenger was thought to be close to signing the player back in January, with the Gunners boss highlighting the player as his prime Emirates target amidst an injury crisis in north London.
Arsenal failed to secure the signing of a player in the position either on a permanent or loan deal, and is expected to be back in the market come the end of the season with Cahill one of the players on the radar.
Carroll, meanwhile, added a first international goal for England to his CV in the recent draw against Ghana, and will hope to play against some more world class defenders at both Anfield and Wembley in the not-to-distant future.