LFC Advent Calendar 23 – Jamie Carragher
When you think of number 23s who’ve worn the Red of Liverpool
There’s only one name that comes to most people’s minds. Born a Blue, but became a Red legend. Jamie Carragher. He only ever played for one club, joining Liverpool, at the tender age of 9. Carra gave blood, sweat, and tears to the cause, going on to become the second most capped Liverpool player of all time.
Carra, made his professional debut in the 1996/97 season, under the guidance of Roy Evans. He wasn’t a regular at first, but eventually broke into the first team in the 1997/98 season. At first, he was utilised in many positions, before becoming the legendary centre-back we all remember so well.
The Bootle-born player came into his own under, Gérard Houllier’s leadership, but it wasn’t in his preferred position. He won, Club Player of the Year in 1998/99 season, but Carra’s best season came in 2000/01, when he played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s amazing treble-winning season. He played at left-back for the entirety of the season, going onto win the League Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, Community Shield, and Super Cup.
In the 2004/05 season, Carra got the chance to play in his favoured position, as he, and Sami Hyypiä, developed a partnership that would last for years. Carra was soon after made vice-captain. It was in this season that he, would be part of one of the most famous comebacks ever. That night in Istanbul when Liverpool came back from 3 goals down at half-time against AC Milan. They then went onto lift the Champions League trophy, after winning 3-2 on Penalties. Speaking after the match Carragher said,
“Jerzy’s saves from (Andrei) Shevchenko were unbelievable, I was just waiting for the net to bulge and for it to be game over. I couldn’t believe it and that was the moment I felt our name was on the cup. I think it will go down in history – people will be talking about it in 20-30 years time.
“I didn’t believe we could do it, I went out in the second half just intent not to allow ourselves to be embarrassed and make sure it wasn’t four or five, we did not want that to happen.”
Fa Cup Winner
In the next season, Carra went on to play in his tenth final as a Liverpool player. Going on to beat West Ham United, on penalties, after a pulsating 3-3 draw in the FA Cup Final. If it wasn’t for Steven Gerrard’s wonder strike, Liverpool would’ve lost the game.
After a tremendous career, Carra announced his retirement from the game on 7th of February 2013. He said,
“It has been a privilege and honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so since I was 9.”
Jamie finished his time in the game with an astonishing 737 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions. Winning two FA Cups, three League Cups, two FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup, and two Super Cups. Moreover, he became a legend. YNWA Jamie.
Steven Gerrard had his say on Jamie Carragher. He said,
“Carragher was always moaning at the referee’s trying to influence decisions.
“He used to hate getting beat, and if he could cut any corner he would.
“I think Jamie probably worked the hardest. Every day he used to train the way he played; he’d always be oozing with sweat and pushing himself to the maximum. He was a really good trainer.”
Steven Gerrard ripped into Carra with some of those quotes, but Jamie would have an opportunity to get his own back on Stevie. At a legend’s event, Jamie was on stage with Xabi Alonso speaking about Gerrard. He said,
“What you see is what you get, he’s a miserable b*****d!”
Carragher explained that it was the summer of 2011, Kenny Dalglish was manager, and Liverpool had signed Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam. Steven came to him worried that Charlie Adam was going to replace him. Carra said,
“It’s only Charlie f**ing Adam!”
Carra, should be a stand up comedian!
Here’s Darren Farley with impressions of Carra and Gerrard. @DFImpressionist.
Since his retirement, Jamie has become a pundit on Sky Sports. He and Gary Neville hit it off from day one (mostly arguing at that), but it’s made some great TV to watch at times.
There were moments to forget too. Let’s just say Jamie will learn from his mistakes, as Sky Sports suspended him from all duties, for the moment of madness, called Spitgate.
But by far my favourite moment is the Thierry Henry ‘hand on the knee incident’. After news arose that Brendan Rodgers had been sacked by Liverpool.
I hope you all enjoyed my Jamie Carragher Xmas Advent Calendar piece, Merry Christmas from all at FOAR. ❄☃️?