Jamie Carragher joined Adrian Durham on Tuesday’s Drivetime – and the Liverpool legend didn’t disappoint!
The previous England defender – who famously clashed with Durham on the identical present in 2007 following his choice to retire from worldwide responsibility – mentioned a spread of subjects throughout this three-hour look.
Carragher mentioned Paul Pogba’s legacy at Manchester United, why he thinks Wayne Rooney might be Derby’s subsequent supervisor and why Jurgen Klopp MUST drop Roberto Firmino for Diogo Jota in his Liverpool assault – plus rather more!
Carragher, one of the crucial outstanding pundits in soccer, additionally revealed who the hardest 5 opponents had been that he got here up in opposition to throughout his illustrious 16-year taking part in profession – with a former England teammate making the minimize!
5. Paolo Maldini
“I performed in opposition to him within the Champions League remaining [in May 2005] and I’ll always remember earlier than the sport he did an interview and he really talked about me in it and I used to be like ‘oh my god, Maldini is aware of who I’m’.
“I’ve really acquired his shirt from that remaining. They left all the things within the dressing room, they left their medals, shirts, all the things.
“We had quite a lot of younger lads who got here on the journey they usually simply went in and raided the dressing room!”
4. John Terry
“For me he was the most effective centre again of the Premier League period. He was my kind of participant. He was mainly a greater model of me to be trustworthy.
“I believe his soccer means is massively underrated. He was an amazing participant. After I was going by my record I didn’t have an English participant and I needed to get somebody in there and I assumed I’d go for John Terry as I couldn’t get Stevie [Gerrard] in!
“He might swap the ball 40/50 yards on his left foot. I at all times felt it was John Terry who was the defender and Rio Ferdinand was the footballer, however Rio was a a lot better defender than he was given credit score for and I believe John Terry was a a lot better footballer than he was given credit score for.”
“Love him. I spoke to him for the ebook, we’re really involved now – we textual content one another… properly I textual content him! Get that on social media trending!
“I believe he’s the best midfielder I can consider. In case you stated to me decide your finest midfielder I’d go for Xavi.
“He was participant of the match in World Cups and European Championship when Spain dominated, similar to what Barcelona did domestically.
“I’ve interviewed him as soon as for the paper [Daily Mail] paper and it was an enormous factor for me. And I acquired him maintain of him for my new ebook the place Xavi is speaking about Barcelona beating Manchester United at Wembley within the Champions League remaining.
“It was an amazing honour for me to talk with him as he’s the primary by way of midfielders.”
Requested if he was higher than Gerrard, Carra stated: “Sure. Stevie and him had been utterly completely different gamers and also you see what he did for us [Liverpool.]
“What I might at all times say is Stevie acquired objectives and all that, however what Stevie did for Liverpool, him and all of us couldn’t then take it on to a World Cup stage [with England].
“Xavi’s recreation at Barcelona was utterly completely different and was about holding the ball and holding the staff taking part in.
“No-one might cease him doing what he did, you couldn’t cease Xavi working a recreation – it was unattainable.
“He did that in World Cup finals what he did each week for Barcelona, so he performed his half – in what his recreation was – at each stage of soccer.”
2. Lionel Messi
“He’s acquired to be in there. I performed in opposition to him when he was a younger lad and he actually wasn’t the Messi of the Pep [Guardola] period.
“However we [Liverpool] performed in opposition to the Barcelona staff, who had been reigning European champions, in 2006 and Messi was on the appropriate wing, Ronaldinho was on the left wing and Samuel Eto’o was upfront. It was some entrance three!
“We beat them on the Camp Nou 2-1 and we misplaced at dwelling 1-0 – Eidur Gudjohnsen scored – however we went by on the away purpose.
“He’s simply an absolute god and there’s no manner I couldn’t put him in my high 5.”
1. Thierry Henry
“Everybody guessed this one. I believe most individuals would agree with me in saying he’s the best participant to ever play within the Premier League.
“That Arsenal staff, of that period, I nonetheless say was the most effective staff I ever performed in opposition to – even after I’m pondering of the Milan, Madrid’s and Barcelona’s sides I confronted.
“Presumably they [Arsenal and Henry] underachieved by way of by no means successful the Champions League.
“He was improbable and positively the hardest participant I ever got here up in opposition to. I believe he was the most effective participant on this planet for a 12 months or two round that period with Arsenal.”