The statistics that were provided for the match between United and Fulham at Old Trafford is not to be given much importance, as is said by Jamie Carragher. These statistics in no way provide a thorough view about the entire story.
The Scottish central midfielder, James McCarthy, was very close to be signed by Liverpool when he was a teenager, but, for some reason, that didn’t happen. The former Reds defender Jamie Carragher disclosed that in one of his interviews a few days back.
Jamie Carragher retired from playing football at the end of the last season and according to Brendan Rodgers he still has not been able to find someone that can be his successor.
Even though Liverpool has enjoyed a very impressive season so far, they however have been victims of poor goals at Everton and later against Hull as they dropped the chance to get a higher spot in the Premier League.
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said that the youngster John Flanagan, who made one of the few starts of the season against Everton on Saturday, reminds him of former defender Jamie Carragher.
Carragher is regarded as one of the finest players to come from the Liverpool youth academy in the last decade. There has been no progress in the youth team players into the first team since then. Gerrard is also one of the last of the breed. Flanagan, though, has shown tremendous promise in the match as he has played so far.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that he thinks hospital cannot be considered as title contenders just yet.
New Liverpool signing Kolo Toure has stated that it is an honor for him to be signed by such a great as a replacement for one of its legends in the form of Jamie Carragher.
Despite there being so many different TV channels and programmes to watch many people are still getting bored of what’s available to them, so instead of sticking with their televisions many people have gone online in order to find different types of entertainment.
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has praised the Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher by saying that he is one of the best in the game.
Carragher announced a few weeks ago that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season, thus bringing an end to his illustrious career. Carragher has played only for Liverpool during his career, thus becoming one of the few players to have represented just one club during their entire career.
Henry has come up against Carragher several times during his time at Arsenal. Even though the Frenchman has scored several goals against Carragher and Liverpool, he has said that the 35-year-old remains as one of the toughest opponents he has faced till date. However, he has been able to get the better out of Carragher on a few occasions due to his pace.
Henry is currently with the MLS club New York Red Bulls after having represented Barcelona since leaving Arsenal a few years ago. Carragher has found first team opportunities limited at Liverpool in the recent years due to the emergence of players like Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.
He has now decided to retire from the game when he is at the top. Carragher has revealed that he may go into coaching at some point in the future.
"I would not say I have a toughest opponent. But there is a selection of three - maybe four - that when I think about them, I think only of the toughest games. Jamie Carragher was in that group. I was lucky because I was physically very quick. Everybody could see that. It was obvious. So straightaway people could say: 'Thierry Henry - he's quick.' It is not so easy to see inside a player's mind," said Henry in an interview given to Liverpool's official magazine.
The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has said that Jamie Carragher was included in the starting XI of the Reds in the match against Norwich City because of his exceptional leadership qualities.
That was Carragher’s second start in the Premier League in the ongoing season. The 34 years old English defender was brought back into the starting XI on the place of Martin Skrtel.
Liverpool defeated Norwich City in that match quite comfortably by a big margin of 5-0.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Rodgers said, “I wanted to bring in a player who is a talker and who can lift the spirit of the team on the field and Jamie is exactly that kind of a player. He has got great organizational capability. He communicates with other players and guides them on the field.”
“Jamie is a great man to have in the camp. His experience is invaluable for us. He helps the young players in training sessions. He is like a mentor to the young guys.”
“Unfortunately, he hasn’t got that many playing opportunities in this season. He would have loved to play a few more games. He has featured in the cup games, but, he hasn’t played much in the league games. But, he can expect to get more playing opportunities in the upcoming games.”
Carragher has been a part of the Liverpool squad since a very long time. He was signed by Liverpool 17 years ago and since then, he has been an important member of the Liverpool squad. He has featured for Liverpool in 496 matches so far and has scored 3 goals.
The goalkeeper of Liverpool, Pepe Reina, had not played in the match against Norwich City because of a thigh problem. When Rodgers was asked whether Reina will get fit to play in the match against Oldham Athletic, he said, “Reina’s fitness will be assessed after a couple of days and then, we will decide whether he will play in the FA Cup match or not.”
The Liverpool academy head, Frank McParland has said that he believes that the club will be seeing the next Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher sooner rather than later. Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard were the last high-profile players to come from the Liverpool Academy, but they are both coming to the twilight of their careers.
Carragher will be 35 years of age by the end of the season, while Steven Gerrard will be 33 years of age. Only the likes of Sterling have shown promising play in recent weeks, but it has been a long time since the club produced an academy graduate capable of challenging these two players.
Yet, Frank McParland is of the opinion that it will happen sooner rather than later because he has seen a lot of potential from the youth teams in recent seasons. Liverpool have a reputation for producing great players from the academy. Over the years, there have been many players who have gone on to represent the national teams, but that line-up has dried up in the last decade. McParland has admitted that the club may not have a great scouting presence in every country, but they have contacts in every country that will help them find great talent.
"It’s the ultimate.You’d love to get a Stevie or a Carra through, and I can assure you that we’re working really hard to do that. I don’t think it will be too long before that happens. If you don’t have good scouts, you don’t get good players. It’s not like 15 years ago when you’d go to a park in Liverpool and hope to find five or six players who are going to play in the first team," said the Liverpool academy head. The latest prospect Sterling is set to be awarded a new five-year contract.