I wasn't sure about Carra at first. In training, we all wanted to face him… but he's turned into a great player and can stand alongside Adams and Terry as a defensive giant
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Silver lining: Jamie Carragher lifted the League Cup in 2012 – it will almost certainly be his last domestic trophy
Warrior: A brave defender, Carragher would always put his body on the line for Liverpool
Of all of my team-mates, nobody has worked harder than Carra to become the player he is. He deserves everything he has achieved in an age when young players are too quick to leave the training ground and shy away from the work required to master their art.
When he first came into the Liverpool squad, I wasn't sure. In training, Gerard Houllier would set us up one-on-ones – attack versus defence – and we all wanted to face Carra.
Passion: Carragher in action against Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Strength: Carragher was a regular for England during his peak
But after one summer, he came back with a
different approach – and began to stop everyone who tried to go past
him. He was fitter, faster, stronger. Since then, he has enjoyed a
wonderful career and can stand alongside Tony Adams and John Terry as a
I would advise any young defender to travel to Liverpool and watch him play while you still can. The way he leads, the way he reads the game, the way he defends.
In quieter moments at a packed Anfield, you can hear his voice as he organises and manages on the pitch. In a time when players move from club to club like mercenaries chasing the money, Carragher has stayed loyal to one club.
Leaders: Carragher can claim to be among defensive greats such as Tony Adams (left) and John Terry
He could have finished in America or China, but it means more to him to be a one-club man for Liverpool than it does to grab a few more quid from the game.
He's a funny man, a magnificent defender and a great friend.