Jamie Carragher was one of the finest centre-backs in Liverpool history. Playing a massive 737 times for the club. There have been classier defenders over the years, but there haven’t been many who had the consistency and hunger of Carragher.
He was often described as a fierce competitor, who was physical and smart enough to organise the back line as a leader.
Born in Bootle, Merseyside, Carragher attended the FA’s school of excellence in Lilleshall in his youth. Despite supporting Everton he joined Liverpool in 1988. Regularly turning up at Liverpool’s School of Excellence wearing a Graeme Sharp Everton kit.
He broke into the first team in the 1997–98 season, essentially being used as a utility player. Either centre-back, full-back and defensive midfielder. During the 1998–99 season, and was named as the club’s Player of the Year after a superb season as right-back. The following season he switched to left-back.
When playing as a full-back, due to his lack of pace he was often labelled as a ‘limited defender’ when compared with attacking full-backs.
The 2004–05 season proved to be a career-defining one as new manager Rafael Benítez moved him to centre-back.
He was considered an old-fashioned centre-back, who was known in particular for his work-rate, loyalty, leadership and commitment, as well as his courageous, no-nonsense and hard-tackling playing style.
He was gifted with organisational ability, intelligence, concentration, and tactical awareness, which enabled him to excel at reading the game and produce last-ditch tackles.
He was part of the team that famously won the European Champions League, beating AC Milan in ‘The Final’.
Jamie Carragher has kept the most clean sheets of all defenders in the history of the Premier League. Despite this stat he’s scored the 2nd most amount of own goals. In fact he’s scored as many goals for Tottenham as he has Liverpool.
He had his testimonial match in September 2010. Where a mixture of Liverpool players past and present played an Everton XI. All proceeds going to his 23-Foundation.
He announced his retirement in February 2013. “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.”
On 19 May 2013, Carragher played his 737th and final game for Liverpool in a 1–0 win over QPR. Before the match, he was given a guard of honour and was presented with a special trophy commemorating his career by Steven Gerrard and Ian Callaghan.
After retirement he has sotted in as a Sky Sports pundit very nicely. Working alongside Graeme Souness, Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp.
He is now working alongside Gary Neville as an analysist on Monday Night Football – constantly praised for their analysis, with their former on-field rivalry adding to their personalities on-air.
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