Troy Deeney reckons he once forced Martin Skrtel off the pitch while playing against Liverpool by 'beating him up'.
The former Watford captain, who joined Forest Green Rovers as a player coach last month, spoke about a battle with the Slovakian during a Premier League fixture from his time with the Hornets.
Deeney described his side of events which involved him dominating the central defender on this occasion – despite losing seven of his nine games against Liverpool.
The 35-year-old was appearing on the Football Firsts Podcast alongside co-host Jermain Defoe when the topic arose of Skrtel's partnership with Mamadou Sakho.
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Deeney said of Sakho: "He's a nice guy, but my game is physical so I'm not letting you do anything – not with that stupid haircut.
"I bodied him a few times. We had loads of back-and-forths."
He added: "Skrtel was the one who crumbled the most. We played Liverpool at home [in 2015] and ended up beating them 3-0.
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"I've gone to the boys: 'Put it high''. I have jumped and timed it well, I've won the header, elbowed him and he's like" 'Oh, bro. Come on!'
"I was like: 'I've got you'. After about 35 minutes he came off and I just beat him up, physically."
During his nine games against Liverpool, Deeney managed the one goal as he experienced seven losses and a single victory.
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Deeney, who spent two years at Birmingham after leaving Watford, recently said he threatened to injure team-mates to bag a transfer.
Speaking to the Filthy Fellas podcast, Deeney claimed to have offered up a warning over his future at the club – and what would happen if he stayed.
"'I'll come back fat as f***'," he said, "'and I will injure every player until you sell me. I promise you I will injure every player'".
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