MALOUDA IS LAZY

The Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has launched an outstanding attack on the Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda for his lack of workrate in the 2-0 defeat for the French national team at the hands of Spain.

The French were expected to reach the semifinals of the competition after coming into the tournament on the back of a 20 match unbeaten run. However, they were defeated at 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition, which once again reared the ugly head of France in a major tournament. Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso scored both goals for Spain in the 2-0 win.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has not been part of the international team for the last couple of seasons, has said that the interest shown by Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda in order to track back for the run of Alonso is the best indicator of the French national team as a whole.

Florent Malouda was selected by the French national team manager as one of the few experienced players within the team. However, he did not utilise his experience, as he allowed Alonso to run freely into the box and score with a header when he could have tracked back.

"The thing that summed up France for me was Malouda's reaction for Spain's goal. It game of this magnitude, his reaction was disgraceful. You've got to show something, but there was no hunger or desire," said Jamie Carragher in an interview after the 2-0 win for Spain in the quarter-final stage.

This means that Spain will now be facing Portugal in the semifinals of the competition, while England and Italy will be fighting each other for a spot against Germany in the other semi-final. Despite having a lot of stars on the team, the French were unable to do well at a major tournament yet again.

CARRA BACKS NEW SIGNINGS

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that the new signings Liverpool have made this season are not alone to blame for the poor season they have experienced this season.

Liverpool just recently concluded the Premier league season in the worst possible fashion after losing 1-0 to Swansea. This means that they will finish the season with the record lows tally of points for more than 50 years. It is a very poor return on more than £ 100 million spent on new talent in the summer by manager Kenny Dalglish, who paid for the poor return by losing his job recently.

Jamie Carragher, who has been part of Liverpool for the best part of 20 years, has said that the new players alone are not responsible for the situation Liverpool currently find themselves in. Despite having won the Carling cup this season – their first major trophy in six years, the Liverpool owners decided to sack Kenny Dalglish. Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, and Jordan Henderson are some of the new signings who have been extremely criticised for their poor performances this season. Carragher believes that some of the experienced players should take the blame as well.

"I think they have had a lot of unfair criticism. Henderson, Downing, [Charlie] Adam, Carroll - whoever it may be, it's always been a new signing. Have they been scapegoats? Yes. But I think it's players like myself, players who've been here a long time who deserve more criticism than the new players. They've just been finding their feet, learning what Liverpool is all about. The manager brought Stewart and Andy in. Hopefully there's time for them to develop a good rapport," said Jamie Carragher. Liverpool have set a minimum target of qualifying for the Champions League next season to whoever takes over at the club.

CARRAGHER AIMING FOR WEMBLEY

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that playing in the Carling cup final will be his biggest ambition as of now given that he has never played in the new Wembley as a Liverpool player.

The new Wembley Stadium was constructed a few years ago and a number of finals and other consorts have been held in this fantastic Stadium. However, Jamie Carragher – one of the best England defenders of recent times – has not played at this Stadium. However, the player sees the opportunity to play in the Carling cup final as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Liverpool are very close to achieving this dream for Jamie Carragher, as they have just beaten Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Carling cup. The 2-0 win now means that Jamie Carragher will be facing just the semi-finals before they reach the finals of the Carling cup.

"I've played at Wembley once or twice for England but I've never done it for Liverpool. I'd love to do that. When we have reached cup finals in the past they have been in Cardiff, so I've never been there with Liverpool. There is still a semi-final to play over two legs and there are some massive sides in there so it is going to be very tough. We'll take the semi-final very seriously," he said.

Liverpool defeated Chelsea twice in the matter of a few days after goals from Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez gave the Merseyside club the opportunity to play in the semifinals. Liverpool had just beaten Chelsea 2-1 in the league a few days ago. Regarding the youth potential at Liverpool, Jamie Carragher said that he is very much happy and looking forward to the youngsters like Martin Kelly become part of the team in a big way.

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