Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 11 - Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher Signing

A one club man, Jamie Carragher.

He may have grown up supporting Everton but there is little doubt that Jamie Carragher was a man who loved Liverpool, and was loved by those on the Kop - and is probably the best defender in the Premier League era to play for the Reds.

Though he scored more goals in the wrong net than the right one, there was little doubting the quality of the tough-tackling lad from Bootle, as well as his versatility. 

Carragher was handed his breakthrough by Roy Evans in 1997, and on his first start for the club he would head home his first goal in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

The following season he would become more of a regular in the side having played in midfield and in the full-back positions.

He would always occupy one of the flanks under the stewardship of Gerard Houllier - who succeeded Evans after a failed joint management experiment in 1998 - and would only ever miss out during a season because of a broken leg sustained against Blackburn Rovers in 2003.

During his time under Houllier, Carragher was an important part of the side that completed a famous cup treble - which included him scoring in the penalty shoot-out against Birmingham City in the final in Cardiff.

After the departure of Houllier, Carragher would move into a central defensive role alongside Sami Hyypia under Rafa Benitez where he would enjoy the best form of his career.

His heart and determination during Liverpool's improbable run to Champions League success in 2005 will live long in the memory. His performances against Juventus and Chelsea were truly exceptional - while the image of him stretching to clear every bit of danger while suffering from cramp in Istanbul summed up his nature. 

His great form would continue into the following season, and despite scoring the own goal in the 2006 FA Cup final to open the scoring, he would add another medal to his collection.

Throughout Benitez's time at the club he would be the main organiser at the back and had various centre-back partners, with Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel following Hyypia.

Carragher's game time started to get limited under Kenny Dalglish and then Brendan Rodgers.

Though he would add another medal in the League Cup to his collection in 2012, and then force his way back into the side 2013 under Brendan Rodgers - he thought going out at the top would be the best way to go. He nearly made it the perfect send-off in his last game as he struck the post from 35 yards against Queens Park Rangers.

At international level, he was never really given the opportunity to make his mark, and when he announced his initial retirement, he famously rang into TalkSport to confront Adrian Durham over claims that he was a 'bottler'. He would come out of retirement at the request of Fabio Capello at the 2010 World Cup.

After retiring from football, Carragher took up the role as pundit for Sky Sports, and is still second on the club's appearance list with 737.

He won everything in the game with Liverpool apart from the league title, but was part of two sides that finished as runners-up. 

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