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‘Carra’ one of a dying breed

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher is one of a special breed of footballer that is fast becoming extinct.



Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher is one of a special breed of footballer that is fast becoming extinct.

When ‘one club man’ Carragher eventually hangs up his boots this summer as it was announced last week, he can look back on over 700 appearances for Liverpool, leaving him second on the all time Anfield appearance list behind Ian Callaghan.  Unfortunately, once the current breed of one club men such Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes follow suit in retiring, it is unlikely we will ever such loyalty to one club again.

Carragher, who ironically grew up an Everton fan, made his debut for Liverpool in a League Cup match against Middlesbrough in 1996.  To put into perspective the longevity of Carragher’s career, he made his debut as a substitute, replacing former England defender Rob Jones.  Throughout his early career, Carragher was the ultimate ‘utility player’.  ‘Carra’ was equally comfortable in either full back position, as a defensive midfielder or at centre half, a position he would go on to make his own for many of his 700 plus appearances.

Once retired, Carragher will surely be remembered as an honest hard working professional with an excellent understanding of the game.  His positioning and ability to organise his back line often compensated for his lack of pace and he was the master of the ‘last ditch tackle’.  It is widely publicised that Carragher is a huge ‘student of the game’ and it would be of no surprise to anyone if life after playing were to take him into management.

It is a great shame that these ‘one club men’ are likely to die out once the current crop hang up their boots.  The money that is now in the game has meant that more often than not, loyalty to a club that nurtures you from a young age and gives you your chance in football goes out of the window with the rewards and riches that are currently on offer.

Footballers are often labelled greedy for jumping ship from a club that offers a young player the platform to showcase their talents but to a point nobody can blame them.  Footballers have a relatively short shelf life and its difficult to blame them for wanting to make as much money as they can, while they can. 

Maybe players such as Carragher, Giggs, Scholes and Gerrard were more fortunate than others in that they were given their chance at massive clubs, clubs that were able to financially reward to a greater level than many others.  It would have been interesting to see if these players would have shown the same loyalty had they come through the ranks at smaller clubs.

Either way, players that spend their entire career at one club should be commended.  The old romantic in many football fans would love to see more of these players come through as time goes on.  Unfortunately, with the financial rewards on offer in the game these days, it simply will not happen.

Aaron Sharp

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Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January



Adrien Rabiot of PSG

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to sell Adrien Rabiot for a cut-price of €15m, according to Marca (Mirror).

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.

Liverpool have been interested in the 23-year-old (h/t Mirror) and the report adds that Arsenal and Chelsea have also been keen on the Frenchman.

The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.

Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.

Adam Lallana Liverpool training

Adam Lallana of Liverpool

Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.

However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.

Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.

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Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race



Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.

The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).

The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.

Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:

“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.

“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.

“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.

“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores against Brighton

The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.

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33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible



Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk celebrate for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.

The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.

The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.

24 clean sheets

This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.

This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.

Dominating the opposition

Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.

The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).

Incredible passing numbers

Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.

33 wins

The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.

Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.

Read more: Liverpool enter race to sign 21-year-old Dutch powerhouse from Club Brugge

The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.

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