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Jamie Carragher
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  Liverpool Captain
Desc A one-club man, Liverpool’s vice-captain for 10 years, and the club’s second-longest ever serving player. Never won a league title with Liverpool, but did win two FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League. A first-team regular from 1997 until he retired, in 2013

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC

Relationship

Agent Struan Marshall
Teammate Steven Gerrard

2005 01 01 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on Thierry Henry] What a great player Thierry Henry is - I’d say he’s the best player ever to play in the Premiership, probably just ahead of Alan Shearer

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry was number one, and playing against him was certainly the most difficult task I faced playing (in) Premier League football. [. . .] He was an athlete as well as a footballer [. . .] I always felt he would’ve been close to being in an Olympic final. The 100 metres, you could’ve seen Thierry Henry there, running for France, he was that quick. He was in a different league, pace-wise and footballing ability-wise, than anyone else we’ve ever seen in this league

2015 08 21 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on Thierry Henry] He was certainly the toughest opponent I ever faced, and possibly the best player the Premier League has seen. I would have loved him to be on the same team as me during my playing career

2015 08 22 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on Thierry Henry] I’ve used this analogy before and I make no apology for using it again. When he hit top gear and ran past you, it was like trying to chase after someone on a motorbike. When Arsenal were ‘The Invincibles’ in the period between 2003-2004, Henry rivalled Ronaldinho as the best in the world. A great goal-scorer, not to mention a scorer of great goals, he is the finest player I have seen in the Premier League. His game didn’t have a weakness

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] A monster, his partnership with Emmanuel Petit was as good as anything we have seen. His performance against Liverpool in the 2001 FA Cup final stands out. He was magnificent and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. In the dressing room afterwards, everyone kept saying: ‘how good was Vieira?’ Steven Gerrard still talks about that game as Vieira made him realise he had to climb a few more levels to reach the top. It says everything that clubs, when they sign young midfielders, hope they turn into ‘the next Vieira’

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] The best side I’ve ever seen was Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. The fact we’re now talking about Luis Enrique’s team being at the same level - or even some people think they’ve surpassed them - is because of that front three. What we’re now talking about is this team could be better. They haven’t got Puyol at the back or Xavi in midfield - it’s about the front three. Pep’s team had David Villa and Pedro on the wings and Messi through the middle. These two [Suarez and Neymar] in some people’s eyes have taken Barcelona to the next level

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] I’ve played against him in the Premiership and he’s someone who could raise his game when he wanted to. He loved the big occasions. Whenever we used to play against him at Anfield he used to play so well that, to be honest, it was a case of men against boys

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] My type of defender. Liverpool tried to buy him in January 2006 but our loss was United’s gain. I’d have loved to have played alongside him and I’m sure we could have formed a solid partnership. He loves defending and putting his head in where it hurts

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He is simply one of the greatest players who ever played for the club (Liverpool). Talk about all-time greats and he is in the top five. The goals he scored and the way he played was mind-blowing. You could see he was going to be great the moment he walked into Melwood and got on the training pitch. [. . .] Luis came in and just took our breath away on the training pitch. You could see we had a top, top talent and that talent reached a pinnacle for Liverpool at the end of 2013 and in the first half of 2014. He was unplayable at times. Perfect

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] Suarez is the best striker in the world and I think he has now made it into the world’s best three with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has maybe made this Barça even better than Pep Guardiola’s which I thought was impossible and he has helped Messi back to number one in the world. The task for him now is to become the number one himself and I think he has the talent to do it

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] I think he’s the best striker in the world, I think he’s better than Neymar. He’s part of a three; Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez, certainly the last two years

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher writing in his autobiography about how Rafa Benitez would ask him to study the early 1990s-vintage Rossoneri] He handed me DVDs of Arrigo Saachi’s legendary Milan side and was especially eager for me to analyse Franco Baresi’s movements and organisation of the defence

2016 11 24 Retrieve

[Liverpool FC Jamie Carragher on Steven Gerrard] We beat Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield and Raul came up and asked if he’d go to Real Madrid in that summer, so that is how strong the feeling was from Real Madrid - the actual captain asking if he’d sign! We used get that type of thing plenty of times!

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] I just feel that the way he is viewed obscures his playing qualities. His ability on the ball never gets spoken about. How many defenders in world football can switch the play with their weaker foot?

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] There have been a lot of great centre-backs in Premier League history, but I think he has been the best that we’ve seen. For the next 20 or 30 years, that position at the near post, when we see other defenders doing it, we’ll call it ‘the John Terry position’. We’re not just talking about a big aggressive centre-back. Terry is always in the right position. His understanding of where to be, his reading of the game and reading crosses cannot be matched. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anyone better

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] Drogba [. . .] did what all strikers should do and that is score in the biggest games. He scored three winners in the FA Cup final, got the crucial goals in two League Cup finals and who could forget what he did in Munich in the Champions League final? At his best, he was unplayable

2017 11 29 Retrieve

[Reds legend and teammate Jamie Carragher on Diouf] He has one of the worst strike rates of any forward in Liverpool history. He’s the only no. 9 ever to go through a whole season without scoring, in fact he’s probably the only no. 9 of any club to do that. He was always the last one to get picked in training

2018 10 10 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher is launching a new initiative to help the homeless in Liverpool] I am truly humbled by what I have seen and what is happening on the streets of Liverpool which is part of a national epidemic of homelessness

What Lawrence Kenwright and these guys at Signature Living are doing here is truly remarkable. They have taken over 80 homeless people off the streets of Liverpool, who would have otherwise been sleeping in doorways and in the freezing cold

By opening this shelter they have somewhere safe and warm with something to eat and drink, the basic things that we all take for granted every day

Talking to these guys and girls they all have their own stories to tell of how they ended up homeless and sleeping rough on the streets. By being in a shelter like this with support, it’s the first step to helping get them back on their feet and off the streets

2018 11 23 Retrieve

[Carragher tells a story about bumping into Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge; the then-Chelsea manager spent five minutes raving about Jordan Henderson] One of the best professionals I ever worked with

2018 12 11 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp is set to play Mohamed Salah in his familiar right-sided role for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United] I think [Jurgen] Klopp wants to go with a three in midfield in those games against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal, but the rest of the time he’s in a central role. It’s interesting

I think of last season when United coped with Salah really well, I remember Ashley Young who was playing left-back as a right-footer. He naturally tucked in and that’s exactly the space Salah likes

2018 12 11 Retrieve

[Liverpool’s defence are breaking records after conceding just seven goals in 18 Premier League games] This team defensively are breaking club records that you’d never thought would be beaten. That’s testament to the players at the back and also Jurgen Klopp for doing something I didn’t think he was capable of doing when he came in

Last season, everyone loved watching Liverpool apart from Liverpool fans. You don’t want to become everyone’s second team but your own supporters can’t relax when you’re 2-0 up. Today at 2-0, Liverpool supporters know that the game is finished. In the first two seasons under Klopp, as a Liverpool fan you couldn’t relax. The neutrals might say now that Liverpool aren’t as good to watch, but Liverpool fans don’t care. The main thing is winning games and that is what they are doing

2019 05 11 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola suggested there is a bias towards Liverpool to win EPL from pundits and journalists] Having built my post-playing career as a TV and newspaper pundit, I can only speak personally about such an accusation and say this: Pep is right if he is including me in his list. I am desperate for Liverpool to lift the title. I doubt this is a startling revelation. I played 737 games for Liverpool so it would be as pointless pretending where my allegiance lies

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool would be ‘mad’ to sign another centre-half] The form Joel ‘s been in, he’s been brilliant. At one stage three months ago I was thinking, ‘We need to buy a centre-back’. You couldn’t trust Dejan Lovren or Joe Gomez fitness-wise and Matip was the fourth choice and you’re thinking, ‘Is he good enough?’ But I think you’d be mad now to sign one. Maybe if Lovren went, I don’t know his contract situation. He’s far too injury prone for me so if someone made a good offer and you could buy someone without breaking the bank [you should sell him], because you’ve got Gomez there who was outstanding at the start of the season, you give him one more chance as well. Unfortunately for him [Lovren] he gets a lot of injuries and you can’t afford to have players in your squad who get injured all the time. It’s just not good. In Matip and Gomez we’ve got two excellent partners for big Virgil van Dijk.

2019 06 01 Retrieve

[Alexander-Arnold, of course, makes a mockery of it. Technically immaculate and athletic with it, the 20-year-old is the perfect embodiment of the all-action, modern-day full-back. And the scary thing is, he’s only likely to improve in the coming years too] If he doesn’t go on to become the best right-back in the world, he should be disappointed.

2019 06 02 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says would rather lose Virgil van Dijk than ‘special’ Jurgen Klopp] I think he [Klopp] is the number one at the club. He’s the manager of course, but what I mean is he is the most important figure. If you asked me would I rather lose Van Dijk or the manager, I’d say Van Dijk. I think he is a special manager. I don’t know what his contract situation is but give him a new one and hopefully now, he can push on. He’s got that monkey off his back with that first big trophy, first time he’s won the Champions League after so many finals without a win. Hopefully for him and that set of players, it’s not just a one-off. He’s always done seven years at his clubs so in 2022, it might be seven years. Let’s try and make it 17!

2019 06 06 Retrieve

[Virgil van Dijk has been lauded by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher as the world’s best defender] When you talk about the best players in the league, you automatically go for the attacking players. But Van Dijk is in the top five players in the Premier League - not just defenders, players. Now, that might sound obvious as he got player of the year this season but year on year, if you said to me ‘name the best players’, I’d always put him in along with Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and so on. There might be someone who has a better season than some of those players one season but, consistently, they’re the best - and Van Dijk will always be in that list.

[Carragher concedes that the Dutch now boast what is arguably the strongest centre-half pairing in world football, saying of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt] I saw Ronald Koeman at the weekend saying he feels he’s got the best partnership in Europe at international level and in some ways you can’t really argue. Firstly, he knows them better than anyone and it’s also the position he played in himself. In Van Dijk I think he has the world’s best defender - and I think he can rightly say that now he’s won a Champions League. While in De Ligt they’ve definitely got the world’s best young centre-back

2019 06 10 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher feels that Lionel Messi is in pole position to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or despite pressure from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk] I saw he’s gone ahead of Messi in the betting. I’d be thinking Messi to be honest - very rarely you see a centre-back get that. I think that Cannavaro got it on the back of winning the World Cup in 2006. I don’t think his game has changed too much over the season. He’s obviously had a great season but I think you’ve got to win big things and I think that Champions League has put that stamp on him being one of the world’s best.

[Van Dijk was one of Liverpool’s key men as they stormed to their sixth Champions League title last season] When we spoke earlier this season we always spoke about Pique and Ramos not necessarily that they were performing better than Van Dijk - but they have the medals for club and country. That’s why he’ll be disappointed today [missing out on Nations League]. Obviously it’s not a World Cup or a Euros but it’s just that nice little trophy for his country. But I think when you win something big, that’s when you really cement yourself at that level and I think he is the best in the world in that position. He’s proven himself. But, Ballon d’Or, I think Messi.

2019 06 10b Retrieve

[Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes Messi remains the man to beat by Virgil van Dijk] I’d be thinking Messi to be honest - very rarely you see a centre-back get that [Ballon d’Or]. I think that Cannavaro got it on the back of winning the World Cup in 2006. I don’t think his game has changed too much over the season. He’s obviously had a great season but I think you’ve got to win big things and I think that Champions League has put that stamp on him being one of the world’s best

2019 06 19 Retrieve

[Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes Philippe Coutinho would be welcomed back at Anfield with open arms if he wanted to return] I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that

2019 07 24 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed he would love to see Philippe Coutinho rejoin the ranks at Anfield] I still think they could add a creative player. I said it before, I’d love to see Liverpool bring back Coutinho if that was possible in any way. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona. I just think he would be a great addition. You’ve got Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri in those positions, but they’re not Coutinho. He would give something that they don’t have compared to Manchester City.

[Carragher acknowledges that catching City is going to be a hard task for his former team] I mean, only losing one league game was a phenomenal achievement. Ninety-seven points was a phenomenal achievement. So, in some ways, if Liverpool got 90 points, I don’t think they’ve gone backwards, because it’s so difficult to do again. But they’ve got to hope that City come back as well, a little bit

[The native Liverpudlian thinks the team is in their best position for three decades] Now, everyone has so much confidence in the club. They know exactly what they’re doing. The other era was Gerard Houllier, but you never felt we could really compete with [Manchester] United at that time. Right now, it just feels like Liverpool, if they need to spend big, they can. They’ve got one of the top managers around, a great squad, the stadium now, the stand. It’s probably the best place Liverpool have been in over 30 years

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Liverpool have been urged to make the most of Jurgen Klopp’s presence over the next three years, with Jamie Carragher not expecting the German to commit to another contract] This group of players have got to be looking at this next three or four years because Klopp’s got three years left on his contract. I’m not sure if he would sign another one. He’s only ever stayed at a club for seven years. I think over the next two or three years Liverpool have got to be looking to try to pick up as many trophies as possible. You want the league, that’s the obvious one. They’ve got competitions this year, the World Club Cup, the Super Cup, just pick as much as you can before he goes. And hopefully, over the next two or three years, one of those will be the league for Klopp

[He added on a side set to face Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham across the opening three months of the new season] Liverpool could easily lose two games in their first 10, and that wouldn’t be the worst form in the world. You know, they could win seven, draw one, lost two. And normally you’d say, ‘that’s an alright, decent start that’. But because you only lost one last season, if that does happen it’s how you cope with that psychologically. But this team has been called, ‘mentality monsters’ by Jurgen Klopp, so I’m sure whatever is thrown at them in the early stages, I think they’ll be able to deal with, the managers, the players, they’ve proven that. It will be very interesting this season, I think it’ll be very difficult to replicate what they did because it was so good last season

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher considers Liverpool to have arrogance in a nice way] I think that’s how the players will feel. But also, remember they are on the back of their Champions League win. I can only use my own experience on what that does to you as a player, it gives you a bit of arrogance in a nice way - football arrogance I’d say. They should believe [they can win]. When we won in 2005, I never believed I was good enough to play at that level or to win that competition. But once you’ve done it, you think ‘well I am now’. Before, the current players were probably watching Barcelona, Real Madrid and all these teams and maybe they thought ‘am I as good as them?’ But now they’ve done it, it should give them that little bit extra this season

[Klopp’s side having come close to toppling Pep Guardiola’s side in the Community Shield before suffering a penalty shootout defeat] I think they will be well aware that they will have to go near to perfection this season. The second half in the Community Shield sort of gave everyone lift. The pre-season didn’t go great for Liverpool. But that’s no big deal. The way they should have won the game against Manchester City has given them a bit of added belief. In terms of that they can run them close again. Beforehand, I think people thought they got so close but will they get that close again? If Liverpool got 90 points the season, it’s still an amazing total. It’s just that you’re coming up against one of the greatest sides - and I think we will be saying when Pep Guardiola leaves that it’s the best of all time

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Liverpool great Jamie Carragher joked Adrian could have his house for the nothing after the goalkeeper’s heroics in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea. Adrian made the only save in a 5-4 penalty shootout win for Jurgen Klopp’s men in Istanbul] Adrian can have the house for f*** all!!

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher believes Leicester’s midfield marvel James Maddison is the man to take Liverpool to the next level] I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at. People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich, but if you’re looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up

2019 08 20b Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Chelsea’s style of play and set-up under Frank Lampard has been compared to basketball] It’s like watching a basketball game. The idea of Frank is spot on, it’s the way top sides, top managers want to play. People talk about them being naive and getting caught on the counter-attack, they’ve got no organisation in possession

Frank wants his full-backs to go forward. Cesar Azpilicueta (should be) experienced to know he doesn’t need to go every time. They keep getting counterattacked every time, leaving spaces, because they’re not organised in attack. I don’t think they have to take it to the letter of the law, exactly what the manager says. Use your brain, drop in. Experienced players like Jorginho go flying out, doesn’t make the challenge and then there’s massive holes in the middle of the pitch. It’s too easy to get out (for Leicester), which is why it’s like a basketball game. They probably should have lost the game really. Willian, who I absolutely love, if Frank could have had another substitute he would have taken him off, he was that bad. They can’t sustain an attack, keep the ball and they’re so open

2019 08 23 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Sadio Mane is Liverpool’s best left winger since John Barnes] Mane is Liverpool’s first genuinely world class winger since John Barnes and the club’s best wide left player for almost 30 years. That in itself is a big explanation for why Liverpool have never quite taken that final step in the Premier League

[The former Reds defender added on the quality of Mane and the problems he covers up] What I also most love about Mane is his complete absence of ego and how he always puts the team first. That was really noticeable to me in how he reacted to the arrival of Mohamed Salah in 2017, when he had already been at the club for a year. Salah was suddenly the most exciting forward in the Premier League, scoring 44 goals in his first season, but there was never even the slightest sense that Mane was put out. He even moved position to accommodate Salah and allow him to be the main goal threat. With Roberto Firmino also becoming so fundamental to Klopp’s system of pressing from the front, I feel like Mane’s contribution is not as widely appreciated as it should be. Which brings me to the concern that I now have. Mane has become so important that Klopp is understandably reluctant to leave him out and let him have a proper rest

He has played in 53 club games since the start of the 2018-19 season. Of all the forwards throughout the entire Premier League, only Salah has played more than his 4,515 minutes. Liverpool’s season did not finish until June and he was then away with Senegal in the African Cup of Nations, playing seven matches. The last was the final on July 19 against Algeria and yet he was still involved in the first match of the Premier League season three weeks later against Norwich City. It was similar the summer before when he played in the World Cup and was then away with Liverpool in America in the International Champions Cup.

In an ideal world, Mane would have been rested this season until after the first international break and not started under September. Klopp said after Saturday’s win against Southampton that no footballer should play more than 50 matches a season, especially in what he called the ‘intense positions’, and he has the resources in midfield to address this concern. His use of Mane, however, unfortunately already suggests that Liverpool’s squad is not strong enough in the attacking positions. Mane himself has said that tiredness is only mental and that he has never had a holiday that lasts longer than 20 days since joining Red Bull Salzburg in 2012. I truly hope he is right but you cannot keep defying your body and my big worry is that there will be a drop off without a carefully scheduled rest. How Liverpool absorb either scenario could very well decide whether another Premier League challenge can be sustained

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher also expressed his opinion on the statement, referring to Saif Rubie as a clown and advising the player to stay and develop at Liverpool this season rather than trying to force a move away] I know Bobby Duncan & his family well, he’s young & at that age we all want everything right now. Played for the 1st team in pre-season which is a great start & he should try & develop this season & maybe make the bench in Carabao Cup. That should be the advice you’re giving him you [clown emoji].

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Manchester City remain favourites to win the Premier League ahead of Liverpool] I think it’s a bit early yet. I think we’ve got to probably wait until Christmas. I do feel around about Christmas time Liverpool and City will have a substantial gap and it looks like there’s a little bit of a gap at this moment. But I still think City are favourites and are the best team in the Premier League at this moment because they won the Premier League and they proved that last season. So, I think it’s still on Liverpool to overtake City but they’re more than capable

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Raheem Sterling is destined to be a global superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi] I have seen it written since the midweek internationals Sterling is England’s best player. He is much more than that. He is now in the top five or six best attacking players in the world, in that group just below Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I wrote recently he and Sadio Mane are the best left-sided players out there. I now rate Sterling above Neymar. His ambition, alongside Kylian Mbappe, should be to fill the post-Messi and Ronaldo void once they retire. He is a potential Ballon d’Or winner over the next four or five years, the current upward trajectory destined to make Sterling a global superstar. I would go so far as to say there is a similarity with Cristiano Ronaldo’s development at Manchester United.

The concept of the wide striker was revolutionised by Ronaldo and he has not stopped breaking goal records since, striking another four for his country earlier this week. Sterling has different traits, yet his capacity to get on the end of opportunities means he too can be prolific. As he does not take penalties or free-kicks like Ronaldo it is difficult to match his strike rate, but Sterling should certainly target 30 goals for City in this campaign and look to repeat those numbers for the peak of his career

[Carragher admits that his initial opinion of Sterling was wrong] I never envisaged he would become as good as he is and thought Liverpool had secured a good deal to get just under £50 million. I was wrong. By the end of his career it will be obvious City bought him at a bargain price

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Manchester City’s centre-back partnership of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones will cost the club the Premier League title] He (Otamendi) dives in, he has done it all his career. He will never change and that’s why he’s not good enough to play for Manchester City. I have never believed it from day one and nothing I have seen in the last four or five years has changed my mind. John Stones, in some ways, over the next three or four months, is almost fighting for his Manchester City career in that, if it doesn’t go well for him they are going to buy someone. At this moment, I don’t think Guardiola wants to put those two on the pitch together but he has got no option because he has not gone big in the summer

[Carragher believes Guardiola will look for a solution to City’s defensive flaws] I don’t think he is a three at the back man with wing-backs. He does it the Dutch way, 3-4-3 with a diamond. But I think somebody you have got to look at is Fernandinho coming into the equation and going back to centre-back. I think that is something that he will look at. You don’t want to go away from that 4-3-3 because it is a machine. I don’t think they should rip that up. I think the solution for now is to go to Fernandinho

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Carragher: Suarez cost Liverpool the title and Reds couldn’t believe their luck in Torres sale] I think Suarez scored late on, I wasn’t aware of any of this but got back into the dressing room and then word comes in that Luis has bit Ivanovic. Someone asked him and he denied it. I think on that, that it cost Liverpool the league the next season. Suarez was banned for five or six games. Liverpool lost the league, I think, on goal difference. Suarez was the best player by a mile in the league, he scored almost every game. In the first four games he missed, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Southampton and drew at Swansea. They dropped five points. If Suarez is playing, they probably win both of them, but let’s be conservative, you beat Southampton at home - you don’t realise at the time, looking back now, and the season he had the next year, player of the year, football writers’ player of the year, I think if he’d been playing in those games it would’ve been different

[Fernando Torres had done likewise in January 2011, but Carragher claims Liverpool were less concerned about that sale as a World Cup-winning striker was a shadow of his former self by then] We didn’t want to stop Torres signing for Chelsea. His time was done - £50m was more than enough, we couldn’t believe it. I was shocked by the money they paid. I knew he’d wanted to go from the summer, he hadn’t had a great 18 months, he went in the January, but his one good game that season was against Chelsea at Anfield when we beat them 2-0 and he scored both. We knew he wasn’t the Torres he was when he’d first arrived

2019 09 20b Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher has suggested that the feud between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah which reared its head at Burnley had been gathering for months] The more issues fester, the more you are parking the problem for a later date. The disagreement earlier this season between Liverpool strikers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah comes into the same category. There is no way Mane lost his head solely because he did not receive a few passes against Burnley. His frustration will have been gathering for months, ensuring it only needed a trigger to bring it into the open.

Jurgen Klopp is not a manager who allows his players to dwell on any negative issue so I strongly suspect he will have discussed it with both players. Ironically, I felt Mane was too unselfish in the Champions League game against Napoli in midweek, trying to pass to Salah when he should have been going alone. So long as these disagreements are isolated and issues swiftly resolved they do not cause a problem. Where managers do become wary is if cliques form, sides are taken and personalities clash to such an extreme it becomes detrimental to the unity and spirit within the camp. The Liverpool managers I worked under would never let that happen

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool’s target has to be 100 points. After seeing Liverpool dig deep to secure a 2-1 victory away at Chelsea] It’s a big one. I think with City and Liverpool, even at this early stage, they look at each other’s fixtures and there’s no doubt when one of them goes away from home to another big side, it’s an opportunity for them to drop points. I think for both sides, whether they get there or not, the target has got to be 100 points. City got 100 points two years ago, 98 last season, and you can only drop 14 points then, so a draw is not a good result. In the past, 10 or 15 years ago, you go away to United, Chelsea, Arsenal, you get a point and your happy but City have changed that in the last few years, so actually coming away and drawing is not a good result To actually get to the three points, and don’t forget the record of Liverpool in these games last season, that’s where they lost the league because City came to these grounds and won, so it is a big one. It’s still an early stage, a long way to go, but it’s a big one for Liverpool. For City watching, they’ve had an easy one at home against Watford, but in a few weeks’ time they’ll have this sort of game where they will have to go away and win

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still resembles an interim manager at Manchester United] Solskjaer’s record since taking the job permanently is poor. He has won just six of his 18 games in charge since being appointed full-time, losing eight. Since knocking out Paris Saint-Germain in last year’s Champions League - the match which sealed Solskjaer’s position - United are averaging less than a goal a game, scoring 18 in their last 20 fixtures. They have not won away in seven games. Let’s be honest. There is an understandable reluctance from United supporters, ex-players or anyone with a love or affiliation to the club to admit the coach is not performing at the required level for a club of such stature.

Solskjaer is not liked by United fans. He is loved. It is too difficult for many to bring themselves to point the finger at him in the way they did David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho, who were detached emotionally as they had no previous links to Old Trafford. When results were poor under them they were held accountable and there was little sympathy.

To me, Solskjaer still resembles an interim manager - in place to clear the dressing room of expensive, underperforming names and put the spine of a team together for his successor. In my view he will never lead United to a Premier League title or win the Champions League because even if he achieves the goal of restoring stability, I believe he will be replaced by an established, elite coach. It may not be in his nature, but that is why it has reached the stage where it would be wise of Solskjaer to help himself more by putting pressure on those above to make more signings during the January transfer window as he may not be in charge for another one. He should also take a firm decision by immediately appointing Harry Maguire captain

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Trent Alexander-Arnold is capable of becoming Liverpool’s version of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne] I saw him the Liverpool academy and my son started there and was four, five years younger than him and Liverpool knew then they had a really good player. Still there are very few players who you think will be superstars, but if you think about what he has achieved at this young age - a Champions League winner and another Champions League final. He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done. If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.

He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar. His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists. People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now than Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play. But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.

Defensively at times he can be suspect and the opposition may think they can get at Liverpool there because he pushes forward so much. His positional play and focus needs to be 100 per cent, but he’s probably thinking ‘I’ve got [Virgil] van Dijk next to me so I’ll be ok’

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool need to be looking at making the most of an uncharacteristic wobble from Manchester City] I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them. That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.

You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have. But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality. But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away.

It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much. And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible. Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out. Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Sadio Mane is the world-class winger Liverpool have been missing since the days of John Barnes] Even after the first couple of games, I said Mane, probably along with Raheem Sterling, was possibly the best left winger in the world. I absolutely love him, he’s my favourite player at the club. He’s brilliant, he’s always got a smile on his face, always there, always gets knocked about, gets goals, setting others up. He’s the one who came in at the very start under Klopp, his first real big signing, and I think ever since then he’s just been getting better and better. He’s just a machine

[Carragher thinks the club are equipped to transform their astonishing form into a first league title win since 1990] I always talk about the teams I played in never possibly had, say, a John Barnes, that world-class wide player. But I think Liverpool have got that now. I think that’s what’s making the difference why they are so good and look in a great position to hopefully go on and win the first Premier League. If you start comparing people like Sadio Mane to John Barnes then that shows how well he’s doing

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Steven Gerrard will be in the reckoning for the Liverpool manager’s job when it becomes available] With managers, it’s all about timing, really. Who knows when Jurgen Klopp is going to go? Stevie could be having a difficult time here, he could be somewhere else or he could be absolutely flying at Rangers and people are thinking he’s made for the Liverpool job. Stevie will be in the reckoning because he is Steven Gerrard. But, more importantly, because he is doing really well as a manager.

There’s no doubt that the more experiences he has will enhance him in his managerial career, but there’s nothing to say he couldn’t go straight from Rangers to Liverpool. I can assure you now, however, that Steven Gerrard’s focus is on trying to stop Celtic winning nine in a row and on being successful at Ibrox

[Carragher has been impressed by Gerrard’s move into management] I know myself from Liverpool how it feels when the manager has the crowd and the players pulled together. It feels like that at Rangers when I watch them. I see all the videos and different things of Steven and the players celebrating a big result. There is a togetherness there. You could feel the connection he has with the supporters even during the Legends game. He has got the crowd in the palm of his hand and I’m sure it will be the same in the dressing room. We all know the personality and character he had as a player, so you can imagine the messages Steven delivers and the way he delivers them. He will be putting a bit of himself into those players. That’s what great managers do

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says the Premier League table would look very different were Jurgen Klopp in charge of Manchester United] I wrote two years ago that if United had appointed Pep Guardiola they would not be waiting long for the title. The same logic applies to Klopp. If he was United’s manager, the Premier League table would look very different today. Let’s not forget, even amid this vast improvement Liverpool still finished below United in 2016 and 2018. That sums up why for all the crowing about owners and executives and scouts the most important figure at any club is the manager. Get that right and everyone else looks better

[Carragher added, with Liverpool preparing to pay a Premier League visit to arch-rivals United on Sunday] The truth is, in the story of the modern Liverpool we will talk about the club before and after Klopp’s arrival. The club’s transformation quickened after he was unveiled in October 2015. Klopp led Liverpool to its current position by meeting a series of demanding but realistic targets one step at a time. You can spend all the hours you wish detailing the work of owners, chairmen, chief executives and heads of recruitment, but if you want to sum up what Liverpool possess that United lack, really it comes down to this - a world-class manager

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says the controversial decisions during the first half of Liverpool’s match against Manchester United saw ‘VAR at its best’ and was the reason why the technology was introduced] It is VAR at its best. That would be given before and now it’s handball - it shouldn’t be a goal. We can have talking points on VAR and disagree with certain things, especially on that first goal, but that was the reason VAR has been brought in

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Carragher admits Liverpool made ‘massive mistake’ in wearing Luis Suarez shirts following Patrice Evra racism incident] There’s no doubt we made a massive mistake that was obvious. It was an evening game and, because it was Wigan, we travelled there on the day of the game. We got there, had our lunch and then we had a team meeting. Just remember in the team meeting, I don’t know whether it was the manager (Kenny Dalglish) or Steve Clarke asking one of the players: ‘Are you still wearing the shirts?’ That was the first I had heard of it.

I am not lying on that and saying ‘I wasn’t a part of it’ because, as a club, we got it wrong and we were all part of it. I was vice-captain. But that was the first I had heard of it that afternoon. So, I am not sure who was actually behind it. I know you mention the manager, but I don’t think Kenny had anything to do with it, to be honest, it was the players who Luis was close to in the dressing room who really wanted to support their mate and their friend.

What I would say is that maybe I, as an individual, lacked the courage to say I wasn’t wearing it. Because once the squad has decided… I have to look at myself. I didn’t have enough courage. Maybe there were others. I don’t think everybody within Liverpool thought that what we were doing was right. But, as a family, as a football club, your first reaction - no matter what someone does - is to support them even if they are wrong. And that is wrong. I am not condoning it, but that is the first reaction. Apologies. We got it massively wrong

2019 10 23 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher apologised for Luis Suarez’s ban for using racist language towards Patrice Evra as he was on air with Evra] There is no doubt we made a massive mistake, that was obvious

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Manchester United should not sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at this juncture of the season] I don’t think Manchester United should be thinking about changing their manager any time this season. I think they’ve got a big decision to make about whether he should be the manager for the start of next season. No one starts the season thinking they’re going to change the manager, it’s too much upheaval. Who do you bring in? You’ve bought players. So the best time to change your manager is at the end of the season, or towards the end and give the next manager a full pre-season.

So United need to ask if they want Ole for this season and the whole of next season. If they do, that’s fine. But what they don’t want to do is, next season, in September or October, if they make a bad start, then think: ‘What do we do?’ If you think you would get rid of a manager if they started next season badly, change it before. No problem this season, but, maybe, when the summer comes, would you go with Ole again? But if he has a good season, finishes strongly, does well in the cups, of course, keep him in there

[Carragher, meanwhile, does not believe that Liverpool are yet overwhelming favourites to win the league] They’ve started brilliantly, on the back of what they did last season in the Champions League. But it might be difficult to replicate what they did, in terms of the 97 points to almost win the Premier League. At this moment, you’d probably have to say they’re slight favourites for the title. But I can’t help but think City will come back and go on a winning run. Both teams were in the same position last year and City came back at them. If Liverpool could win the City game, not just for the points, but psychologically, that would put them in a great position

2019 10 31 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi’s days in the Premier League are numbered, following the Gunners’s Carabao Cup elimination] I think those days are gone - Mustafi playing in the Premier League. He’s just one of those defenders [that makes mistakes]. When someone does that it makes others nervous. You can’t play your own game because you’re half covering for him. I think once he goes it will be better for everyone at Arsenal

2019 11 01 Retrieve

[Jamier Carragher says Brendan Rodgers will never manage Manchester United because of his history with Liverpool] Liverpool is out of the question and Manchester United is too because he was Liverpool manager. You look at Arsenal and Chelsea in a few years’ time, whether Frank stays there or not. Rodgers has a link to Chelsea, being in the youth set-up and the reserves. They’re the two jobs you’d look at, maybe international wise as well

[England have progressed during Gareth Southgate’s three years at the helm] Who knows how long Gareth Southgate will last for England, whether he goes after the next tournament or the next World Cup. I think Brendan Rodgers would come into the reckoning because there’s no doubt, when he was flying at Liverpool, his name was continually mentioned for the England job. They’re the types of jobs he’ll be looking at but he knows that getting back into the Premier League after what happened with Liverpool, if he could get Leicester into the top four, it gives himself a great chance. It restores his credibility that maybe went a touch in that last season at Liverpool

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Son Heung-min’s red card] If you give a red card for that, every challenge is endangering the safety of an opponent. We didn’t want to show it on the replay but I could see it in front of me. He actually gets injured in between the two challenges in some ways, and the Son challenge does force him to fall as his leg, unfortunately, gets stuck underneath him just before Aurier comes in. I think in the future of this game and on the back of this injury, I don’t think it’s a red card for Son but maybe in the future, if anyone makes a challenge when they know they can’t win the ball, which is what Son has done, I think that may be the next step that we take the game in terms of red cards

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Carragher: I can’t argue for VAR anymore] I am now looking at it and thinking that I can’t argue for it anymore. I am probably seen as someone who is pro-VAR in terms of how I have spoken about this at the start of the season and in terms of how I have reacted to things on social media. I was never pro-VAR. What it was is that I felt it should have been given a chance and in some ways, I felt I was fighting for VAR because so many people were negative about it from the start

VAR has been brought in to help our game. And when I say our game, it’s not just the players, it is the supporters, the pundits, the owners. We have the best game in the world so how can we make it better? How can it move with the times? That’s why I was supporting it. Never stand still. Other sports are doing it. I am actually tired of listening to people complaining about it and I have got nothing to come back at them with because the whole point of VAR was to help referees. We spend so often in this job talking about decisions by referees. We are now spending probably double or triple that time talking about decisions so it hasn’t done what it was brought in to do.

[Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta outlined his frustrations with VAR following a controversial penalty call in his side’s game on Saturday, saying he thinks the on-field referee has to make the final call] The thing about the picture on the side of the pitch, I didn’t want referees to look at that. I wanted someone to look at that cold in Stockley Park or wherever it may be. The referee is running over there having made the decision, the crowd is screaming and shouting, he’s hot and bothered and he’s got two sets of benches in his ear. So I am not sure it’s this thing that will cure everything if the referee goes over there

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool and Manchester City are preparing to lock horns in a crucial Premier League encounter at Anfield] I do not believe I am exaggerating when I say the hierarchies of Liverpool and City cannot stand each other, resentments which are reflected in the fanbases. City appear to suspect Liverpool of lobbying governing bodies to investigate the legality of their transfer spending, while they make no secret of their belief that the positive coverage of the Klopp era is disproportionate when compared to Guardiola’s trophy haul, and City’s in general since the Abu Dhabi takeover. Within Liverpool, eyebrows are raised when stories emerge about fears of another attack on City’s bus as happened in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018, and there was incredulity at Guardiola’s comments about Sadio Mane’s diving. As Klopp suggested, it certainly feels like Guardiola talks about Liverpool more than Klopp does Manchester City, and City generally seem preoccupied with how Liverpool are portrayed in the media

[Carragher added when it comes to matters on the field] These tensions have never been echoed by the managers or players, many of whom appear to be friends as they are international team-mates. I do not recall any interview with Liverpool or City players speaking ill of their rivals, and the admiration between the coaches is obvious

[Guardiola has sparked a response from Klopp with some of his comments in the build-up to an eagerly-anticipated clash] It is nothing to do with ‘mind games’. Guardiola sounded more like a fan who could not hide how fed up he was that his direct rival had won in the last minute again. If Mane had not been the match-winner, I doubt he would have bitten on the question. Klopp’s response 48 hours later seemed more considered as he had time to think about what to say. He has home advantage and there is no manager better at utilising that. He knows Anfield is in Guardiola’s head. The City manager admitted as much in an honest interview during which he was hugely flattering to Liverpool at the end of last season

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher is the man to have claimed that Alexander-Arnold could match the achievements of a Manchester City midfielder at Liverpool] He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar. His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists. People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now than Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Nothing can get in the way of Liverpool winning the Premier League] I know a lot of Liverpool supporters wouldn’t say this, and certainly the club couldn’t, but nothing can get in the way of Liverpool winning the league. Nothing. The Aston Villa game in the Carabao Cup? If Liverpool get through they will have two semi-finals to play then and that cannot get in the way of Liverpool winning the league. What I mean by that is do not play anyone in your first XI in that Carabao Cup team. Not one. If Liverpool win the league this year and find themselves in the same position next year I wouldn’t be saying that. I’d probably be saying ‘we are Liverpool Football Club. We should try and win the lot.’ But because it has been so long nothing can be allowed to get in the way of Liverpool pushing on and winning the league

[Carragher feels the prestigious FIFA competition should take precedence over the domestic cup for Liverpool] The Club World Cup, for me, is very important. A lot of people outside Liverpool don’t understand that. But really it’s massive for Liverpool. They have never won it before. To be able to say you’re the world champions. Liverpool have won the League Cup a record amount of times and will have other chances again. It might be another 20 years before we get the chance to become world champions again. So they have to really go for that. I get that. If you remember last year Jurgen Klopp played a really weakened team at Wolves in the FA Cup, but he played Dejan Lovren. And Lovren pulled his hamstring after five minutes. For me, I was angry that Lovren played.

Klopp is already a legendary figure at Liverpool Football Club for delivering the European Cup but if he wins the league, you’re talking about Shankly, Paisley levels then. He would be the man who brings the league back to Anfield. Winning the FA Cup or League Cup will not make any difference to Jurgen Klopp, so for me the Napoli game (in the Champions League) Liverpool have to win, so they can almost write off the last group game. They can’t say these things, but inside at Melwood I’m sure these conversations are taking place

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] People question the Manchester United job, but his career as a whole has been hugely successful, and that’s one thing Tottenham have lacked at the moment. As well as Pochettino has done, they haven’t quite got over the line to get a trophy, and that’s what Jose Mourinho does when he goes to a club.

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Alexander-Arnold has to offer more defensively] Trent loses the ball [in midfield], he’s in like a fight with Wilfried Zaha and it’s tough. This is my biggest problem right now with Trent, you have to sprint back but he’s jogging. I’ve seen it a lot now. I don’t know if it’s something that Jurgen Klopp mentioned or speaks to him about. Yes it’s the trade-off, you’d never take Trent out of Liverpool’s team, but what I’m saying is it’s not a trade-off where you say it’s OK to not be sprinting back and be better defensively, you want to keep what he’s got in terms of going forward

[Carragher talks about Alexander-Arnold’s potential to one day operate further up the field] He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar. His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists. People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne-type player and he has more quality now than Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher backs Liverpool to go out and sign Jadon Sancho after his relation with Lucien Favre seem to be break down] I think Liverpool still lack one player which is an attacking player to really support the front three and almost make it like a front four. At the moment there’s still a big difference when one of the front three don’t play. We saw that at the weekend again when Salah was out - that time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in the front three and that didn’t work. We’ve seen [Divock] Origi that doesn’t work

Maybe there’s talk of a man in the Bundesliga coming to England from Borussia Dortmund, maybe he’s someone who Liverpool may be looking at in Sancho who a lot of other Premier League clubs are looking at

There has been some great signings for Liverpool in the past [in January]. You think of [Virgil] van Dijk, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger was a great player for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge is another one

I would like to see an attacking player come in someone with a bit more quality, maybe someone who could help them in the coming months going forward. I don’t think it’s an area which Klopp really looks at but I would expect it to be a really big summer for Liverpool especially considering they didn’t sign anyone last summer

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has talked up Jadon Sancho’s potential move to Anfield] I think Liverpool still lack one player which is an attacking player to really support the front three and almost make it like a front four. At the moment there’s still a big difference when one of the front three doesn’t play. Maybe there’s talk of a man in the Bundesliga coming to England from Borussia Dortmund, maybe he’s someone who Liverpool may be looking at in Sancho, who a lot of other Premier League clubs are looking at

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher compares Reds to Chelsea title winners] It’s almost like [Liverpool] are a machine in some ways. The most surprising thing is that when Jurgen Klopp came in this team was end-to-end and you would love watching them play. There were goals at both ends and they were the most exciting team to watch in the Premier League. I didn’t think that team was capable of getting to where they are now. I feel like I’m watching one of the teams I grew up watching like Graeme’s [Souness]. They just continually win and they are like a machine.

If you actually speak to Liverpool supporters, probably the most exciting football was two years ago. The actual football at Leicester was amazing, but in the main, this season they just get the job done and they almost look unstoppable. You think about comparing them to teams and Jose’s Chelsea are an example. You can’t stop them. The pace and the power is there at this moment. The performance at Leicester was that message to the whole of the Premier League. I just think that would have knocked the stuffing out of anyone who thought they had a chance of coming back. I think Man City’s result at Wolves will have had a lot to do with that [Liverpool’s win over Leicester]

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[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool are not buying superstars, they are making them] It’s not that Liverpool are just buying players with this special ability that nobody else sees these players. Robertson came from Hull, Wijnaldum was relegated with Newcastle, Salah had been at Chelsea, Mane had been in the Premier League … they are not just going to the best clubs in the world and buying the best players. It’s okay buying players but it’s what you do with them. Sometimes we forget that. Once you have that player you have to improve them, and Jurgen Klopp probably doesn’t get enough credit for that, the work he does as a coach. Liverpool are not buying superstars, they are making them

They look so comfortable in games, with a 1-0 lead they back themselves. When Klopp came in it was end-to-end and exciting, they were an exciting team to watch, but now they are the best team to watch. They always do enough in games and in the big games they are at their best. We knew he was a top manager but I didn’t think this development of the team over several years was possible. To get to this stage they are the best team in the world

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[Carragher takes a swipe at Man City spending] Well I’d like to think I may have been lucky enough to get one if Liverpool were ever bankrolled by a country. And if not I know I wouldn’t have left chasing their money as well as titles. Imagine how much more you could spend if you filled that ground off the council!

2020 01 19 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher suggested that the Premier League title is close to being decided] Everyone in the country is going to think that’s the Premier League won. This is a phenomenal team. They are the best in the league, the best in Europe and the best in the world at the moment

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Carragher backing Curtis Jones and Neco Williams to keep Klopp out of the market] They just make a jump and you’re never quite sure when it’s going to happen but they have to make that jump if they’re going to rise to the ability of the first-team and it looks like he has made that jump now. When he plays in the younger team, it almost looks like he’s a first-team player dropping down to play with the younger players. The one criticism of this Liverpool team is sometimes a lack of creativity from central midfield, and I think he could provide that. Whether Liverpool go into the market to change that, or [Takumi] Minamino maybe changes that, but Curtis Jones and some of the other younger players will be putting things in the managers head about whether he needs to go into the transfer market

We haven’t got great cover at full-back - James Milner is there but he’s a 34-year-old midfield player and when you consider Liverpool are the champions of Europe and how good they are, there should probably be another recognised player in those positions. But I do think Neco Williams, with the way he has played, you wouldn’t think about going into the market to buy anyone and you’ve got Ki-Jana Hoever there as well. These young kids now and what they have done are going to save a lot of money in the summer

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Jadon Sancho would be a big hit in the Premier League] Sancho is one of the best young players at the moment in world football, especially when you look at his actual stats for Borussia Dortmund. He’s an English player who I think will be desperate to come back, so I think he’ll be the hottest thing everyone in the Premier League will be looking to bring in. Will he be a hit? I think so. It’s a no-brainer, look at how well he has played in a top league with a top club under pressure. He’s playing week in, week out, his numbers are fantastic and his age is just perfect

I think he’ll have his pick of top clubs in the Premier League, and though the fee may look eye-watering, I think it’ll be one of them that over time will look cheap. You’re going to get a good player for 10 years there if you keep him at your club. If you think about the development of Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, it feels like something similar could happen. It feels like he could be the next Raheem Sterling in terms of goals and assists numbers

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Carragher says Liverpool lacked real creativity against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night] Well, it was a really frustrating night for Liverpool. We knew how Atletico would play, Jurgen Klopp knew. But the big thing you don’t want to do in games like this is to concede the first goal - and so very early from a set-piece. Sometimes it happens, a little bit of luck and it rebounds and they go 1-0 up. Liverpool didn’t get too frustrated but they couldn’t create anything, they don’t have real creativity, certainly in midfield. That’s always been a problem

But I think tonight you have to say Atletico defended really well and the important thing for Liverpool was not to lose their discipline, and get a red card or go down to 10 men, and to make sure the game stayed at 1-0 and not 2-0. At 1-0 I still think Liverpool have a great opportunity of going through. If it had gone 2-0 I think Liverpool would have been nearly out. So at 1-0 Atletico deserved it, they had the better chances, but Liverpool will be a lot better at Anfield

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool should be looking to snap up Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho this summer] Things can change very quickly. If you look at Tuesday night, the big problem for Liverpool is when one of those front three are not playing. Sadio Mane had to come off and the player they bring on in is Divock Origi, who is a Liverpool legend because of what happened last year at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it’s not quite good enough for the best team in the world to be bringing that quality on. Liverpool do need a top attacking player to come in the summer. Sancho or Werner? I’ll take both

They don’t need to let anyone go, they just need to add to the squad that they’ve got. Don’t forget, Liverpool never signed a player last summer so you would think there’s a lot of money there waiting to be spent

Jurgen Klopp is probably just waiting another year on, some players getting another year older and then he can maybe refresh it. He gave Origi a new contract so he couldn’t go and buy an attacking player on the back of that, but now I think is definitely the time for Liverpool to reinforce, certainly in the attack, to keep those three on their toes and to rotate them, play different systems. Also, you have to think of injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations next season with Salah and Mane going away, it’s almost certain Liverpool will buy a top attacking player. It’s just who

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[Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool would think about £130m Mohamed Salah sale] I think Mo Salah is seen as world-class by those on the outside but with Liverpool fans, I think he is a little bit underappreciated. Certainly going from that first season to what he is doing now, there has been a bit of a dip. But he was never going to score another 47 goals in a season.

Speaking to Liverpool fans and looking at social media, I think Liverpool have got six world-class players. I think they have the goalkeeper, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah. I think if you asked Liverpool fans whether they would take big money for the other five, they would all say no, no matter what the money. There is no way they would sell Alisson or Van Dijk. But if you offered them £130m for Salah, they would think about it. That is why I say he is underappreciated

Salah is going to lose the ball but he is also going to score goals. Salah gets a lot of assists too. Only Lionel Messi has more goals and assists than Salah in Europe’s top five leagues since he joined Liverpool.

The big thing I like about him is that he is never injured. You see Liverpool play and he is there week in and week out. Ninety-seven appearances out of 102 (now 98 out of 103). If you look at minutes per goal, there might be others. But if I am a manager I want someone who is playing week in and week out, never misses a game and delivers.

There is talk of Kylian Mbappe being the dream for Liverpool. Maybe that’s not realistic. There is also talk of Jadon Sancho. That probably is realistic for every top team in the Premier League. Mbappe is world-class, maybe the man to overtake Messi and Ronaldo. Sancho is on the verge of being world-class. But I think it would be so difficult for them, in their first two-and-a-half years at Liverpool, to get those numbers. That is why Liverpool need to be careful. Look at the numbers. Only Lionel Messi in European football is above this man.

Liverpool need an attacking player to come in because Salah is maybe going to go to the Olympics and then the African Nations Cup, Mane the same, and bringing Divock Origi on in Madrid is not enough for the European champions. But no way in the world should they be even thinking about looking at moving this player on

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[Jamie Carragher questions Jordan Pickford’s role in United’s equaliser] Pickford has got to save that. He’s massively at fault. No manager will want to move his goalkeeper this close to a tournament and Pickford has been really good for England. But it’s a worry because he’s been nowhere near his best this season

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[Carragher feels Klopp needs multiple honours] I think there’s a bit of a worry - not for the league, the league’s won - it’s actually is the league enough for Liverpool this season? The league feels like it’s been won for two or three months. I know Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t say that but it almost feels when you’ve had a season like that it doesn’t feel enough, you still want one of the cups, whether that be the FA Cup or the Champions League. The worry is now Chelsea midweek and the following midweek is Atletico Madrid. If Liverpool go out of both cup competitions there’s no way it will be a damp squib, because they’ve waited so long to win the title, but there will be a little tinge of how good this team is, the results they’ve had, they probably should win more this season

The worry is after the break they’ve had, they’re not quite firing on all cylinders, and these cup competitions come when they’re not quite at 100 per cent. It wasn’t losing, it was the manner of the defeat. It was really poor. And for the team at the top of the league to lose to the second bottom doesn’t normally occur too often. People keep talking about Liverpool defensively and they were really poor but they never looked like scoring a goal in the game. And that was so surprising. So there’s problems at both ends. But Watford thoroughly deserved the result and were well worth 3-0 as well. The performance will worry Jurgen Klopp more than the result. It was bound to happen at some stage. There’s a lot of rejoicing from a Mr Neville, popping champagne and getting too carried away as you’d expect, but Arsenal fans are delighted as well because it saves the Invincibles record. But the title has been won for a couple of months and it’s just when Liverpool were going to win it. There was a lot of hope from Liverpool fans that it would be at Goodison Park in a couple of weeks but the result on Saturday puts that to bed now and it may have to wait until the Man City game

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[Carragher advises Klopp on tactic to defeat Simeone’s Atletico] You’ve got to move the ball fast in a game like this. When you get the opportunity to really attack Atletico you’ve got to go for it and that means taking risks. You might lose the ball more than normal in trying to force it but it’s about reacting to situations and not allowing them to get organised with 11 men behind the ball. Atletico won’t commit many players forward but on the rare occasions they do have two or three caught upfield, you need to turn defence into attack quickly. As soon as the goalkeeper catches it, he needs to be looking to get Liverpool flying at them

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[Jamie Carragher on Tanguy Ndombele after the Burnley fixture] His performance was nothing short of a disgrace in terms of his effort off the ball. On the ball, he was very good, but off the ball, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. If you look at his stats on the ball in the first half, he was one of the best Tottenham players. When you watch him in the game, he very rarely loses the ball. But he didn’t have a single sprint in 45 minutes. He just seems to walk about and not move until the ball comes near him. He likes to tell other people what to do. He was hiding

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[Carragher slams Brady’s proposal to leave Premier League season null and void] Have a look at Klopp’s comments compared to Karren Brady 9484afd5836d307b314a404d745a9a68. What’s fair is to finish the season for teams in every league when the football is allowed to start again. The football authorities found a way to put a World Cup in the middle of a season so I’m sure they can sort next season out

2020 03 16 Retrieve

[Carragher says Gerrard wants Liverpool job but should he get it?] Rangers to Liverpool is a jump. But because Steven Gerrard is who he is I think he could make the jump and the club at least wouldn’t be too big for him. But is managing Rangers enough experience for Liverpool and should Liverpool be looking for the best manager they can get or someone who knows the club?

Stevie’s gone into management and I’m sure that’s in the back of his head. He wants to manage Liverpool. Frank Lampard’s gone into it because he wants to manage Chelsea; John Terry’s the same; Thierry Henry wants to manage Arsenal. It’s maybe not like they want to be managers for 30 years, they all want to manage their club. And he’s doing a really good job now, but you can’t tell me that Frank Lampard wouldn’t be a better manager in 10 years

The Liverpool job, you want him to get it when he’s got experience. Maybe after Rangers he would take a smaller job in the Premier League and then maybe gets the Liverpool job. Or maybe it’s right for him right [after Rangers]. That’s going to be the decision for both parties. It’s difficult because it’s not like the Liverpool job comes around often. Sometimes it’s just timing, it’s there, it’s available, but I think in a perfect world, when those big jobs come around you want to be fully ready

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[Carragher wants season finished at all levels] Nothing is more important than health and beating the coronavirus, but I don’t think we should hide away from how much football means to us and how important it is in people’s lives - not just Liverpool supporters but everyone right up and down the country. It doesn’t bother me when football starts again. I just feel that so much has been put into this season by so many people, I don’t know how you can stop it. We all know Liverpool were, or are, going to go on and win the league. They only need to win one or two games. But if the league stops, it just doesn’t feel right. Yes, Liverpool may be given the league, that’s what people are saying. But there will always be something there that just didn’t feel quite right about it. But that’s not going to affect Liverpool economically, or what division they are in. Teams going out of the Premier League really struggle to get back into the Premier League, so that could affect them for four or five years.

If Leeds don’t get up this season, for example, that could stop them for four or five years and maybe they lose their manager, who knows? That’s why I say Liverpool isn’t the most important thing. It’s the teams who are going to lose huge sums of money in completely different divisions. So this season has to finish because it impacts next season, because of European places and Champions League places and so on. Whenever the date is that we get back to playing football, it needs to be finished. Then we have to be creative with next season

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[Jamie Carragher admits that Liverpool’s transfer business left them well off the pace prior to Jurgen Klopp’s arrival] I think we were spending similar to Arsenal, and the big difference between [Gerard] Houllier and Arsene Wenger, though I adore Houllier, Wenger was a genius in the transfer market. We signed Emile Heskey for £11 million, Wenger signed Henry for £11m. If we signed Nick Barmby for £6m, they signed Robert Pires for £6m. They also got Sol Campbell on a free at that time. They just became superstars, whereas ours became very good players. You see Christian Ziege; I think he was possibly the highest paid player in the Premier League and it felt like the end of him playing left-back for Liverpool, and he ended up playing left midfield. I think at that time, if things didn’t go well for Man United, they had an ability to spend big. Like Rio Ferdinand for £30m in the summer of 2002 after Arsenal won the league. For us, we’d spend that money on four players, and you needed them all to work

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Lionel Messi does not need a move away from Barcelona in order to enhance his legacy] It’s just stupid. It’s absolutely daft. He’s at the top club, he’s the best player there, he’s the best player in Europe. The best show up against the best on the biggest occasions and that’s what he does so I don’t really listen (to other’s opinions). Fair play to Ronaldo and well done, but it’s not something to criticise Messi for

[Carragher believes Ronaldo has traded clubs in an effort to prove a point to those who continue to compare him with Messi] I think that’s why Ronaldo’s moved. I think he knows that he’s always been seen as just behind Messi, so I think Ronaldo’s quite clever. I can say I’ve won the league in all these countries, been the top scorer in all these countries and these are more strings to my bow … I also think he probably does the opposite to what Messi does to try and paint himself as being slightly different. Listen, I don’t think of Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini being any less of a defender because they never left AC Milan. So that’s not going to change me with Lionel Messi not leaving Barcelona. I mean, why would you leave Barcelona?

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher: I’d be more Mourinho than Guardiola as a boss but don’t fancy management] In the last 20 years the best two managers have been Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. It’s been a contrast in styles but I’m certain if I was a manager, I’d be more Mourinho than Guardiola because of the upbringing I had and how I saw football. I couldn’t go on to a training pitch and try to coach Barcelona-type football. I wasn’t brought up on that as a kid. Certainly at Liverpool we tried to play good football, but it was about using your brain and not taking chances. Football was always more about the result than the performance. I was always about the result above all as a player. But the game has evolved, and it’s become a lot more expansive. Nowadays, for managers and supporters, you have to get the result and the performance to keep so many people happy

People always ask players, ‘are you going to become a manager?’ Some people can’t be bothered, and they get to the end of their career before they think about what they’re going to do next. I was the opposite. If you’d asked me in my 20s, whether with England or with Liverpool, I’d have said I’d have been a manager. Former coaches were certain I would. But as I got closer to finishing my career, I started looking more at the pitfalls of management, and the other options I had. Now, part of me thinks it was for the best I stayed away. Ten or 15 years ago, my first thought when it came to entering management was probably ‘hassle’. I used to look at it and think, ‘is it worth everything that you go through?’ I don’t really like people acting to me or being like that myself. I’m very straight with people, but I feel managers must be like that, telling players sometimes what they want to hear rather than the truth. I’m just not sure I’d have been cut out for that

Would I say the fear of failure put me off going into management? No, but it’s definitely something you look at. I had a good career, not a great one - there are certainly hundreds who had better careers than I had. But your football career is there and always will be. I do sometimes think the ridicule of managers is disgusting and is a disgrace. The way people talk about them as if they haven’t got a clue. It almost feels like unless you become Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp, you’re a failure. There are managers in the Premier League who’ve not won anything but they’ve had three or four Premier League jobs. If you’ve managed three or four Premier League teams, then I think you’ve had a very good managerial career. So many managers are disrespected over what they’ve not won, but sometimes I feel the circumstances are forgotten and dismissed

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[Carragher lauds Van Dijk] Quite simply, one of the best players in the world. Since moving to Liverpool, Van Dijk has been elevated into that sphere of players who could play for any side. He is so good, sometimes it feels he is taken for granted. Whenever the player of the year is debated, it is strange how few pundits put him forward. He has been as influential this season as he was last year

[Club captain Jordan Henderson is another to have starred for Klopp’s side] I have to say I am delighted but a little baffled that Jordan Henderson is getting more praise this season than in previous years. I think that probably says more about those suggesting he has massively improved rather than the player himself because - as I am sure Jurgen Klopp will testify - his consistent excellence as captain has been fundamental to Liverpool’s return to the top. What is most impressive this season is the manner in which Henderson switched midfield roles. Until December, Fabinho was Liverpool’s best player and his injury could have been a critical moment in the title race. Instead, Henderson assumed the number six position and performed brilliantly. Maybe that is why more people have noticed his importance recently

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[Carragher warns Tottenham star Kane: It may be now or never for big move] Other than the Manchester clubs, where can Kane go? And how viable is a move to the Etihad or Old Trafford? City need a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is one of the greats but approaching his 32nd birthday. I suspect they are more likely to spend big on a player in his early twenties. Kane turns 27 in July. We have no idea when the next transfer window will open or next season start. If Kane does not leave soon, the situation gets trickier for him. When players hit 28, psychologically it makes a big difference to clubs. They see him as nearer 30, recognise there is no resale value and balk at high valuations

[Kane may have] reached the crossroads of his career at the worst time possible. In other circumstances, the Tottenham striker’s comments suggesting he would consider a move in the near future would be reasonable. Spurs fans may not like it, but I can understand why Kane is wondering whether his trophy ambitions will be served elsewhere

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[Carragher slam Liverpool over furlough decision] Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in Premier League players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect and goodwill is lost, poor this Liverpool

2020 04 05 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher has claimed that Chelsea legend John Terry remains an underrated player in the eyes of football fans and critics] John Terry was basically a better version of me. He was bigger, more powerful, better quality on the ball as well. He was one who when you trained with him went up a level in your eyes. You knew he was a great player. Technically, he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for. People always talk about John Terry being this man who put his head and his body in front of everything - and he would - and we talk about Rio Ferdinand being the player who was great on the ball. But we forget that Rio was a great defender and that John Terry was great on the ball. John Terry could pass the ball 60 or 70 yards with his left foot - the best ball-playing centre-back in the world would struggle to do that. So he was definitely one that you’d think was a top player, and you’d see that with England

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Carragher defends Premier League wages but says players should help clubs] It seems to have come out of this PFA meeting that the players are upset that they would have to lose some of the money and the money would go, in essence, back to the clubs. I don’t agree with that. I think the money should in some ways go back there. You’ve got to think, how do players get paid? There are three ways players get paid - it would be through the TV money, the money through the turnstile, and probably advertising money. All of those revenue streams have stopped coming into football clubs. The wages players are getting now, some of them are getting £200-300,000 a week. Good luck to them, they deserve everything they get. But I don’t believe that football clubs and football owners actually make hundreds of millions each season. We see that in their accounts. A lot of them break even, a lot of them lose money every year. There’s only Tottenham and Liverpool in the last year or two, because they got the Champions League final. So I don’t think it’s too much to ask that players maybe do defer some wages to a later time, are asked to contribute a little bit to the clubs.

There’s no way the Premier League as one are going to come together and everyone is going to agree on it. Every club is different, in a different situation. There is no way owners at the bottom of the division can afford, I don’t think, to just be handing out hundreds of thousands of pounds a week to certain players. I’m not saying it has to be 30 per cent but I think every club’s situation is different and they as a club have to get together. Forget these conference calls and captains of each clubs [discussing the matter] - that’s never going to work

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Mohamed Salah’s had better seasons but remains unique] Like [Roberto] Firmino, I think Salah has had better seasons for Liverpool, maybe even both of his previous two seasons, but he’s still right up there with the top goalscorers and the other goalscorers do not play on the right, they play as centre-forwards. I could not think of any other player in the league really who plays from that side who does as well as him

It was a toss-up between Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling, but Mane just has the edge this season. Sterling had a brilliant start to the season but has maybe gone just off the boil in the last couple of months. They basically both play on the left, so what I didn’t want to do is fudge it and put players out of position. So I have just got to go with Mane. He’s not just a goalscorer and he’s different from Salah, who I see as a real goalscorer, taking the penalties and looking to score every game. Mane is more involved in general play

I went for Joe Gomez as he has not lost a game. The one game Liverpool have lost this season away to Watford in the Premier League, he didn’t actually play. As a young player, he was in and out of the team at the start of the season because of his injury at the end of last season, but I think his performances have matched Van Dijk at different times and Liverpool’s defensive record is so much better than anyone else’s

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Dalglish’s resignation coupled with the appointment of Graeme Souness as his successor proved the pivotal moment in Liverpool’s 30-year title drought] If I were in [Ferguson’s] company, I would also tell him, first off, that Manchester United never knocked Liverpool off their perch, as he put it. That’s just nonsense. Graeme Souness did that. When United were going for their first title under Ferguson in 1992-93, they were competing with Norwich and Aston Villa. They weren’t competing with Liverpool, were they?

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Pogba needs to take the opinions of others on the chin] We are quite critical of Paul Pogba but when you are a player you have got to be respectful of certain people with certain opinions at different times. You have to take that criticism on the chin. To come out and say he’s never heard of Graeme Souness, I thought was below the belt

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[Who was worst footballer Jamie Carragher played alongside at Liverpool] The worst has to be El Hadji Diouf. Actually, I quite enjoyed playing against him as you could kick him then - can’t kick your own players.

I arrived for pre-season training anticipating my first view of the players who’d turn us into title winners. I returned home the same evening in a state of depression. Do you remember being at school and picking sides for a game of football? We do this at Liverpool for the five-a-sides. Diouf was ‘last pick’ within a few weeks. His attitude disgusted me

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool’s interest in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner may be shelved until the summer of 2021] Timo Werner to Liverpool? It looked nailed on before the situation we’re in now so it may affect transfers this summer. It may have to be put on the back burner, maybe for the following summer

[on Jadon Sancho] Yes, I’d like to see that. But I don’t expect it

[Carragher has previously said of links to two proven performers in the final third of the field] Liverpool do need a top attacking player to come in the summer. Sancho or Werner? I’ll take both. They don’t need to let anyone go, they just need to add to the squad that they’ve got

[Pressed on who should replace the German when the day comes to make a change] Just give it to Gerrard

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on Saha] I came up against him in Merseyside derbies and for Manchester United. I think he was possibly the best in the league at going short and then spinning in behind. We talk about strikers’ movement but very few actually do that so it was definitely something you caught me off guard with a few times

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[Jamie Carragher has said, amid links to another Bundesliga star in the form of prolific RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner] Liverpool do need a top attacking player to come in the summer. Sancho or Werner? I’ll take both

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Ozil’s wage cut refusal a huge PR own goal] The fact the highest-paid player and possibly the biggest name at Arsenal has not gone with the rest of his team-mates and stuck together [is bad]. Even if I was in Ozil’s position and I did not agree with that, I think the fact the rest of the team, your manager and people at the club have decided to be as one and make this decision, you have to go with it as a team. Football is a team game, it’s not an individual sport, and for someone like Ozil in that situation I think he’s got to go with what the rest of the players are doing. It’s a massive PR own goal. I’m not going to have a go at Mesut Ozil for the wages he’s earned. If you want to have a go at Mesut Ozil for the wages he’s got, blame the people who gave him the contract. We’re all in every walk of life trying to earn as much money as we possibly can. But when a situation like this comes in and you’re together as a team in a dressing room, I think the highest-paid member and the biggest name in that dressing room should be the one who almost sets the example really

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Carragher reveals Suarez tried to deny biting Ivanovic after Liverpool vs Chelsea clash] When he came in the dressing room, Luis Suarez actually denied it at first, probably hoping the cameras hadn’t picked it up! I think it had a massive effect on Liverpool next season because Suarez got a seven, eight-game ban.

I think he missed the first four or five games the following season when Liverpool almost won the title - Suarez was their best player. There was two games that Liverpool dropped points in, I think they lost to Southampton 1-0 and drew away at Swansea so five points dropped in the first four or five games and Luis Suarez didn’t play. The form he was in that season, there was a good chance he might have turned one of those games. That act and the ban he got probably affected Liverpool more next season as there wasn’t too much riding on that season before. He did it before at Ajax before he came, there was a situation after which pushed Liverpool to move him on, he wanted to go to Barcelona anyway and something happened at the World Cup. He gets frustrated, I’ve played alongside him, you know it’s wrong but you come out and defend your player and try to stick together as a club and support him. I think it affected him at the time

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher says Liverpool ‘kidded’ Chelsea by getting £50m for Torres] I couldn’t believe it. I knew we had kidded Chelsea. Those last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self. For 18 months at Liverpool, he was the best striker in the world, and I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that obviously stuck in the owner’s mind. Chelsea at that stage, I think the owner was still buying players who he wanted, Shevchenko was another case. What happened that was fortunate for Liverpool, that season we played Chelsea, and we weren’t having a great season and Torres was having a really poor time but he scored two against Chelsea. I think the decision was made then - as soon as January comes, we are going for Fernando Torres. £50m was major money at that stage and we were all in a state of shock, we could not believe we had got £50m. We ended up doing something similar ourselves in buying Andy Carroll for £35m, but we did get Luis Suarez out of it. I was not surprised at all that it didn’t go well

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Rooney & Man Utd stars ‘erupted’ in hotel to celebrate Liverpool win over Chelsea] Wayne Rooney told me a story - I think it was 2007 - we played [Chelsea] and I think [Man Utd] were playing AC Milan. Milan ended up beating them but we must have played the night before. And Wayne Rooney told me when we won on penalties that all the Man Utd players watching it together in the hotel erupted and cheered. You think Liverpool-Man Utd, the rivalry… so I think it shows how respected you were as a team, but also how much Jose and Chelsea at that time got under so many people’s skin

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[Carragher not expecting big spend from Klopp] I don’t think Liverpool need too much, really. They need a top attacker, if I’m being honest, they need a better Divock Origi. With the front three getting close to 28, 29, you might get another 18 months at their top performance level, but it won’t be another three or four years with this front three and the club has to be ready for that. The old Liverpool play was to bring someone in before the players went over the hill. They’d benefit from the kind of attacker who would make people think one of the usual front three aren’t being hugely missed when they come in. We haven’t seen enough of Takumi Minamino yet, who I think can add something. But I think he’ll be more a replacement for Adam Lallana or Xherdan Shaqiri. And although there are those younger options, maybe there’s a need for a left-back if James Milner isn’t going to keep playing there as cover for Andy Robertson at his age

Neco Williams, in my eyes, he should already be backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back. I don’t want to see Joe Gomez moving to right-back because I’ve been in that situation myself as a centre-back and you don’t want to keep moving position. Would you go and buy backup for Trent given the performances Neco Williams has shown? It could be the case at left-back with Adam Lewis or Yasser Larouci. People are talking about the need for a creative midfielder, but Curtis Jones has come through now as well

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher on James Maddison] I’m a big fan. He’s got something about him and he believes in himself. He’s got that football arrogance that you want. He’s never going to shirk the issue

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[Former defender Jamie Carragher says Liverpool should not be too disappointed if they miss out on signing Timo Werner this summer] I think there was a good chance of it happening before the pandemic happened. But financially now you don’t know what state clubs are in. I actually saw something on Twitter before about Man United’s financial results so, you would expect Liverpool to be pretty similar [as to] how they’ve been affected. I am sure that will affect the transfer market

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Carragher admits Milan were the better team in Istanbul final] We knew before the game that Milan were far better than us. That didn’t mean we couldn’t win. However, when you’re 3-0 down at half-time to a team that is far better, it makes it difficult to say ‘right, we’re going to do this and this and this to get back into the game’. Milan’s performance was unbelievable. For 114 minutes, they gave one of the best performances you are going to see in a Champions League final. Half the team were going to win the World Cup the year afterwards. Shevchenko was the best striker in the world at that time, Kaka went on to become the best player in the world alongside Ronaldinho for the next couple of years. It was a special team that gave a special performance apart from six minutes, but that’s football and that’s what makes our sport the greatest. It was a bit of a freak. It has been called a miracle, and that’s what it was - a miracle

Even when I go on holiday during the summer, whenever I go to a hotel, a bar or a restaurant somewhere in Europe, if somebody spots me or finds out who I am, the first thing that comes up in conversation is Istanbul. What makes Istanbul so special is because of the way we won it. It affected Liverpool fans more than anybody, but it’s a game that will be remembered around the world. It means something to people. You just don’t get finals like that

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[Gunners facing Luis Suarez-style transfer headache] Towards the end of my career [Liverpool] were in this situation quite a lot where you’re just missing out on the top four. It’s okay saying we have rules in place and saying we never let players go on a Bosman ruling, but if you’re Mikel Arteta I would be looking at it and thinking: have we got more of a chance - even if he goes for nothing next year - of getting to the Champions League before next season if Aubameyang stays? That’s the decision they’ve got to make. At this stage, there’s no doubt about it: Aubameyang is too good for Arsenal. We had that at Liverpool at times with Luis Suarez and certain players you’re desperate to keep hold of. You’re thinking as a club that you want to build around this player and if that player goes, you almost feel like you’re starting again. That’s the problem you have when you’re trying to get back into the top four and establish yourself as Arsenal are trying to do. That’ll be a decision for them. It’s okay saying, ‘if he doesn’t want to be there then let him go’, but it’s not easy when you’re at a club and have a player with such star quality who is probably nailed on every season to be there or thereabouts for the Golden Boot. It’s not easy to find goalscorers. I’d keep him - he gives Arsenal a greater chance of getting into the top four

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher has saluted the efforts of Jordan Henderson at Liverpool, with a man who faced plenty of criticism early on at Anfield proving himself to the perfect successor to Steven Gerrard as Reds skipper] When he first came in, it raised eyebrows in some ways, it was ‘where is he going to play’, we already had Steven Gerrard at the club, we had bought Charlie Adam as well. There were a lot of midfield players as well. It was Damien Comolli who brought him in, young England player, loads of energy. He found it tough early on because he was played out of position in right-midfield. The thing I love about Jordan Henderson and it’s a little similar to my journey because at times I found it tough and people said I wasn’t good enough and they have said that to Jordan Henderson. That just shows the character of who he is. You can use words like great professional, great character, and these are just words. What does it mean? It means the way he trains every day, people questioned why he was captain. I used to argue with Jordan all the time and I know the character and personality I want at my club and that is him

Who else could be captain after Steven Gerrard? I’m delighted and people like Jordan have something special about them, where you never write them off. At different times of his Liverpool career, someone has come in and you thought he might not play. [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, central midfield, Naby Keita, big-money signing, young, lots of qualities but Jordan Henderson still plays. Playing for nine years at a club like Liverpool is testament to his abilities and personality. Whether player of the year or footballer of the year gets done this year, I’m not sure. I thought Sadio Mane was Liverpool’s best player when the season stopped and I wouldn’t change that view. In terms of who has been the outstanding footballer of the year, it’s about more than what you do on the pitch, I don’t think there’s a more outstanding character than Jordan Henderson

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[The ex-Liverpool and Three Lions defender criticised the team after Iceland eliminated them from the round of 16 stage of Euro 2016, describing them as ‘soft physically and soft mentally’] Life has been too easy. They have been pampered from a young age, had money thrown at them and, when things have gone wrong, they have been told it is never their fault

[But the 42-year-old opinion has been changed by the maturity this crop of stars have shown in recent years] I have thought long and hard about those observations recently. Now I am not afraid to admit it: I was wrong. When I look back upon those words, I realise I fell into the trap of many retired footballers. Every generation believes those who follow have it easier. The players of my era faced the same criticism. Many of those who shone in the decades before the Premier League cursed the malign influence of big wages and commercial endorsements on those lucky enough to excel during the 1990s and 2000s

England’s current group of elite players are stronger, more independent and willing to take greater risks with their career than those before. This generation is not pampered. It is enlightened and pioneering. Strength of character manifests itself in various forms. My mistake after the Iceland debacle was in arguing it is measured in a footballer solely by his or her actions on a football field - whether they possessed what I defined as ‘streetwise’ skill and knowledge to consistently excel at the highest level. What I had not appreciated or noticed was how young footballers’ savviness was rapidly evolving in a fresh, exciting way

Observe the courage of youngsters such as Jadon Sancho, who at the age of 17 was confident enough to leave England and sign for Borussia Dortmund, backing his ability to make every top Premier League club want to sign him three years later. Today’s players use their voice to push for social change, which means putting themselves on a pedestal where they know they will be targeted, or told they should ‘stick to football’. Raheem Sterling ensured more players feel comfortable being assertive on sensitive subjects such as race, so whenever an incendiary incident arises, more elite sportsmen and women want to be at the forefront of calls for reform

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will regret their decision to step away from a deal to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner] Without the pandemic, I’m sure Liverpool would have signed Werner. Everyone knows that Liverpool’s front three are as good as anything in the world right now, but Werner would have played a lot of games next season. There were suggestions that he was unsure over a move to Liverpool because he might not play every week, but look at what is coming up next season and it highlights why it would have been very difficult for Klopp to convince him to come and assure him that he would play a lot of matches. There was due to be an Olympics this summer and Mo Salah was due to play in that, which would have meant he missed the start of next season. After that, Salah and Mane are due to play in the African Cup of Nations next February, which means Liverpool will need back-up players to play for long periods. That is before you throw in squad rotation and injuries. So there would have been opportunities for Timo Werner to play in the first team in a regular basis. He could have started 10 or 12 games guaranteed and you are talking about 25 or 30 games overall with everything I have mentioned. With the Olympics not happening this summer, doubts over whether the African Cup of Nations will go ahead and the financial hit Liverpool have taken due to the pandemic, the decision was made not to sign Werner, but I would like to have seen them push through with the deal. It clearly looked like the player wanted to come to Liverpool

All teams are going to take a hit financially this summer and it will have an impact on the transfer market. There are a few big deals going on at the moment, but only with a few clubs and Chelsea look like they are in for most of the players who might move. They had a transfer ban last summer and still have the (Eden) Hazard and (Alvaro) Morata money to spend. Chelsea are going to have a right go this season and they have an opportunity to make some ground on Liverpool if they are not going to be spending too much

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[What will the Premier League return look like? Lessons from the Bundesliga] Home advantage is about the support. There’s no doubt being in an environment you know, getting changed before a game, being in a stadium you know, of course it helps slightly

I played at Anfield my whole career and when playing there, I felt like I knew every position on that pitch. But the big thing about home advantage is the crowd, and the influence of the crowd on the referee. There’s no doubt about that

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher believes David Luiz has no future at Arsenal after he was sent off in a 3-0 loss to Manchester City] I know Kevin De Bruyne does get a good ball in at the time and maybe it’s come off the turf as well which adds the extra bit of pace but no, it’s happened so often it’s no surprise why he’s on the bench. As I said before the game, I don’t think there’s any future here for David Luiz at Arsenal next season, that probably just puts pay to that.

People keep talking about experience. Sometimes experience is one of the most overrated qualities. It’s actually how good you are. It doesn’t matter how old you are. David Luiz is not good enough for Arsenal. They got a young French lad coming in next season, they got [Pablo] Mari, they need to buy another one because they’ve got Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi played tonight. These are not good enough. That’s the problem. You’ve got David Luiz and you think, ‘I’ll get the best out of him, I’ll do this or I’ll do that’. You won’t. The people at the top of the club are deciding that he shouldn’t get that year extension, and they’re right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year, then I think he’s wrong. I’d be worried if I was an Arsenal fan if Arteta thought David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I’d be worried.

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[The Gunners were beaten 3-0 at Manchester City on Wednesday night, and events off the field already point to tough times ahead] The people at the top, if they’ve decided David Luiz is not getting another year, that’s right. The club obviously don’t want him to stay, and don’t want to give him a contract

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher has said that the Reds’ offensive weakness without Mohamed Salah is worrying] The front three are as good as anyone in Europe but whenever one of them is out, there is a massive drop off. When Liverpool dropped points at Manchester United, Salah wasn’t playing. That’s why Liverpool need to strengthen the front three. Divock Origi is a legend for Liverpool as he’s scored big goals at big moments but doesn’t have quite the quality. Is Takumi Minamino part of the front three? Not for me. The front three are very robust and don’t miss many games but if Liverpool were to lose one of them, especially the two wide players, for a lengthy amount of time they could have a real problem next season

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp has guided Liverpool to an historic Premier League title triumph, but Jamie Carragher admits to having doubted whether the German could deliver a long-awaited crown at Anfield] It was shortly after my last meaningful title bid in 2009 that I started to lose my faith. The 2010 season was awful. Xabi Alonso had been sold to Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez’s team was unravelling, and the club was braced for another period of reconstruction. Reluctantly, I faced up to the disheartening conclusion a championship victory parade would never happen. Throughout the 2000s we headed into every pre-season adamant a couple more signings might be the difference. On a few occasions they nearly were. But even when looking back upon my career, the times we came closest - in 2002 under Gerard Houllier and 2009 under Benitez - Arsenal and Manchester United were stronger

Once outside the Kop bubble, the more I studied the broader landscape in English football, the more I realised the best Liverpool sides I played in punched above our weight. No matter who the manager, and as much as I considered Fenway Sports Group good owners, I could not see how it was possible to change that without a Roman Abramovich or Sheikh Mansour-style investment. That feeling grew after Manchester City lured Pep Guardiola to England. I saw Guardiola v Jose Mourinho as the next great Premier League battle, with Klopp in a fight with Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino to finish in the top four. I am ecstatic to be wrong. As a Liverpool title winner, Jurgen Klopp now stands tall in the ultimate VIP suite alongside Kenny Dalglish, Joe Fagan, [Bob] Paisley and [Bill] Shankly

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has been revelling in the Reds’ first Premier League title triumph, but fellow pundit and Manchester United icon Gary Neville has gone underground] I’m trying to get hold of him, there’s just no signal. He’s gone underground again, G Nev. He said Man United were going to win the league before Liverpool at the start of the season - top pundit!

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[High-line Liverpool] I don’t like the high line and I think they’ve been lucky and fortunate at different times this season to get away with it

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[How do Liverpool improve? How potentially record-breaking side can still get better] I think there could be something more in reserve for the front three. I think Liverpool have been lucky in that the best players and most important players for Jurgen Klopp have never really suffered injury-wise, certainly big injuries. I just think Liverpool need more than Divock Origi as back-up for the front three when they are out. I actually do think Liverpool need to invest to keep them where they are

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Kevin De Bruyne was the star as Manchester City thrashed Liverpool] When Kevin De Bruyne leaves the club he could eclipse David Silva and that is the highest praise I could give him

2020 07 03b Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher disagreed with Neville about potentially the celebrations of the title win having an impact] It wasn’t a physical thing due to alcohol or anything like that. You can see Klopp was disappointed, he picked his best team. It wasn’t a case of ‘the league is won so let’s give everyone a game’. He wanted to come here and win

There was no problem with effort, a lot of their play was good. Liverpool are all about pressing from the front and winning the ball and they won the ball back seven or eight times tonight but they just weren’t clinical enough in terms of finishing. Liverpool were all over the place defensively but you can accept that when they’ve been so good all season.

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Davy Propper had his pocket picked by Naby Keita for a simple finish for Salah before Keita once more forced the error for Henderson to make it 2-0 inside eight minutes] Liverpool are one of the best pressing teams in world football and Brighton have played right into their hands. Jurgen Klopp talks about counter-pressing being the best playmaker and he’s been proved right twice in the opening 10 minutes

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[Jamie Carragher questioned whether Stones has a future at the Etihad Stadium] I’m not sure he does have a future here. I think Pep Guardiola has played numerous players in his position, even a midfielder in Fernandinho and young Eric Garcia. It may actually be the last time we see Stones in a Manchester City shirt. He was brought in for big money and it hasn’t quite happened for him