Sunday 25 September 2016

Surprising to see Carragher's 'leaderless' jibe at old mates

Colm Parkinson

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher

Following Liverpool's dramatic collapse against Crystal Palace on Monday night, Sky pundit Jamie Carragher tore into the Liverpool defence.

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He described the Liverpool backline as "leaderless", "weak mentally" and "not good enough at this level."

While it's hard to disagree with anything Carragher said, it was unusual considering he was a Liverpool player, and defender, up until this time last season and was slating his ex-team-mates.

The 'leadership' critique was the most interesting. In his playing days Carragher was known as a forceful leader in the Liverpool backline. Was he indirectly saying that the Liverpool backline needed him there?

It's always difficult watching a former team when you retire. You want them to win, obviously, but the selfish part of you wants the team to miss you.

I've watched both Laois and Portlaoise play when I wasn't involved and a small part of me wanted them to lose.

I suspect there was a part of Carragher that was relieved on Monday night but his critique of his former team-mates was self-serving and a little bit low considering what was at stake and what was potentially lost for those players.

Irish Independent

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