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Name 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 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] I’m not sure if he would sign another one. He’s only ever stayed at a club for seven years

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 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

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 15 Retrieve

[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 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

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 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 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 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