Monday 20 October 2014

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

Colm Parkinson

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Retired Liverpool football club player Jamie Carragher arrives for a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on April 15, 2014. Thousands attended a service at Anfield football stadium in Liverpool as the city came to a standstill on April 15 to mark the 25th anniversary of the day 96 football fans were crushed to death in the Hillsborough stadium disaster when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup tie in 1989. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Jamie Carragher

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

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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