Jamie Carragher spots Tottenham’s sly tactic during Liverpool match

Liverpool recorded their fifth straight win of the season at Wembley against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher accused Tottenham’s ground-staff of attempting to give the home side an unfair advantage in their match against Liverpool at Wembley.

The game was originally slated to be the first at Spurs’ new home ground, but multiple delays and safety concerns forced the match to be relocated to the home of the national stadium.

Liverpool dominated the first half and the 1-0 scoreline failed to reflect their stranglehold on procedings with only Gini Wijnaldum’s header to show for an excellent display.

During the break, Carragher spotted the groundsmen watering the pitch, but only the half which Tottenham were due to attack in the second period.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s opening goal (Picture: Getty)

Roberto Firmino doubled the lead after a mistake from Michel Vorm (Picture: Getty)The tactic nearly worked a treat when Lucas Moura scampered away from Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, only to fire his low shot against the base of the post.

Liverpool, however, appeared to put the contest to bed shortly afterwards when Michel Vorm, standing in for the injured Hugo Lloris, failed to claim Sadio Mane’s deflected cross and presented Roberto Firmino with a tap-in.

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Jamie Carragher stunned by Virgil van Dijk and compares him to Liverpool legend

Virgil van Dijk helped Liverpool keep another clean sheet against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admits he has been stunned by the performances of Vrigil van Dijk since his world record transfer to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp had hoped to sign the former Southampton defender last summer but had to wait until January to land his primary defensive target.

Eyes were raised when Liverpool spent £75million on the 27-year-old but he has contributed enormously to his side’s rapidly improving defensive displays.

Van Dijk was at his commanding best in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday night, completing 73 of his 79 passes and producing a game-high eight clearances and 16 aerial duels, and Carragher believes the Netherlands international has all the ability to rival Alan Hansen as one of the club’s greatest defenders of all-time.

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‘I knew Van Dijk was a good player, but he is better than what I thought,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘We’ve always said Liverpool can’t win the Premier League because of their defence, but now they have Van Dijk, who I think is the best centre back in the Premier League.

‘I can’t think of a defender off the top of my head that is better. He’s the man to step into the positon Vincent Kompany has had over the last four seasons as that leader and colossus.

‘They are very similar as players – there is nothing they lack. When Kompany was at his best three years ago, I didn’t think there was a centre-back that was better than him.

‘Over the next three or four years, if Liverpool could win a league or a Champions League, I think Van Dijk has the potential to actually go down alongside Alan Hansen if we’re talking about Liverpool’s best ever teams – that’s how good he is and how good he can become.

Liverpool kept up their 100% start to the new season with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)‘If Liverpool under Klopp win something big, and Van Dijk is at the centre of it, he should be disappointed if he’s not alongside Hansen when people talk about the great Liverpool centre-backs.

‘There isn’t another centre-back that ticks almost every boxes in terms of presence, pace, strength and ability on the ball.

‘Normally a player has a couple of those, they are lacking somewhere else and their defensive partner will cover some of those areas. Van Dijk has all of them at the moment.

‘Players and leaders like him have to be the ones that take Liverpool to something big. That’s when you’ll be remembered, when you win something big.’

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher reveal Premier League predictions for top-four, POTY & Golden Boot

Carragher and Neville made their predictions (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are both expecting Chelsea and Arsenal to miss out on a place in the 2019/20 Champions League, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all predicted to finish inside the top-four.

The Manchester United and Liverpool legends are both in agreement that Pep Guardiola’s side will finish the season on top of the pile, with Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri both failing to secure elite European football in their first seasons in the Premier League.

Arsenal have lost both of their opening two matches against City and Chelsea, while Sarri has enjoyed an 100% start to life in England along with Spurs, Liverpool and City.

Despite Jose Mourinho cutting an unhappy figure and United losing early in the season to Brighton, the Sky Sports pundits both expect him to turn it around and guide his side into the top-four.

Guardiola is tipped to defend the title (Picture: TNS via Getty)Both also agree that Everton will be the closest team to challenging the established top six under new boss Marco Silva, while they are tipping David Silva to be crowned as Player of the Year.

However, they disagree on who will end the year as top scorer.

Neville expects Sergio Aguero, who bagged a hat-trick against Huddersfield at the weekend, to end the year at the top of the pile, while Carragher sees Harry Kane banging in the most goals.

The duo made predictions for a young player to keep an eye on, with Neville expecting a big season from City hotshot Phil Foden and Carragher hoping to see a lot from Fulham’s teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

And finally, they each predicted a player to watch. Both went for a Liverpool star, with Neville viewing Brazil international Allisson as a great signing from Jurgen Klopp and Carragher thinking the same of Naby Keita.

Carragher & Neville Premier League predictions

Title winner

Neville: Manchester CityCarragher: Manchester City

Top-four

Neville: Liverpool, Manchester United, SpursCarragher: Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs

Top goalscorer

Neville: Sergio AgueroCarragher: Harry Kane

Player of the Year

Neville: David SilvaCarragher: David Silva

Young talent

Neville: Phil FodenCarragher: Ryan Sessegnon

One to watch

Neville: AllissonCarragher: Naby Keita

Top-six challengers

Neville: EvertonCarragher: Everton

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Jamie Carragher predicts when Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United after Brighton ‘shambles’

Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United before next season, says Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho will be sacked by Manchester United before the start of next season.

Mourinho signed a contract extension last January but Carragher cannot envisage the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss still being at Old Trafford next year.

The Red Devils won the League Cup and Europa League in Mourinho’s first season at the club, but they failed to win a trophy during the 2017-18 campaign, finishing second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.

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Mourinho’s side started this season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City but suffered a humbling defeat at Brighton on Sunday.

‘If performances continue like that, I don’t think Jose will be Manchester United manager next season,’ Liverpool legend Carragher told Sky Sports.

‘I think there will be coaches looking at Jose and what he said in the summer about buying more players, they will see he’s spent £30m on two defenders [Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof] and has two England internationals [Phil Jones and Chris Smalling].

‘They will be saying “coach them, make them better”. But he’s a manager for today, not tomorrow.

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‘United’s traditions have gone out the window. They should have backed him with what he wanted – no-one is enjoying watching this, Jose or the fans.

‘You have to back him. But I don’t see him lasting until next season.’

Manchester United were widely expected to prove too strong for Brighton at the weekend but Glenn Murray gave the hosts the lead with a neat chip.

Shane Duffy then doubled Brighton’s advantage from a corner, before Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit with a close-range header.

Brighton secured a famous win over the Red Devils (Picture: PA)The Seagulls still boasted a two-goal cushion at half-time, however, as Pascal Gross was felled in the box by Eric Bailly and slotted the penalty past David De Gea.

Paul Pogba scored a penalty himself in injury-time but Brighton were not to be denied a well-deserved victory.

On Manchester United’s performance, Carragher said: ‘The first half was an absolute shambles defensively.

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‘It could be the worst half of football Jose has ever seen from one of his teams. Bailly had a nightmare. Lindelof just isn’t good enough, I think Bailly is the best of the bunch but Lindelof is not good enough for United.

‘They conceded 28 goals last season, if Jose stays he will still have a good defensive record this year. It’s a one-off. But a bigger worry is the second half performance, which was so poor.’

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Man City fans shout ‘Scouse c**t’ at Jamie Carragher at motorway service station

Jamie Carragher was abused at a motorway service station by Manchester City fans who called him a ‘Scouse c**t’ before he reacted with a rude hand gesture.

The Sky Sports pundit had stopped at a Moto service station following Man City’s 2-0 win over Arsenal in the same shirt he had presented analysis of the game in earlier.

But as he went to walk inside the building, the small group of Man City fans – who remain in their vehicle throughout the verbal attack – shouted ‘Scouse c**t’ and ‘Scouse bastard’ at the former Liverpool defender.

The footage shows Carragher shouting back at the group and swearing with a hand gesture in retaliation, although it is not clear what he is saying.

Twitter fans were quick to jump to his defence, with one saying: ‘Screaming at a grown man, while you are sat in a mini bus about 100 yards away is the most Alpha male thing you could do.’

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Another said: ‘They must have been locked inside the car because they wasn’t in a rush to get out and face him.’

The footage comes five months after Carragher was suspended by Sky over a video of him spitting into a fan’s car after Liverpool lost a match to Manchester United.

The footage comes five months after Carragher was suspended by Sky over a video of him spitting into a car (Picture: PA)

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He had only returned to his job as a pundit for the sports channel for the first time since the incident on Friday.

Carragher was caught spitting at Andy Hughes, whose 14-year-old daughter was sat in the passenger seat next to him, after he mocked him for the loss.

He has apologised repeatedly to the Hughes family and to football fans in general for his ‘moment of madness’.

Jamie Carragher sends class message to Liverpool signing Xherdan Shaqiri

Jamie Carragher famously wore the No. 23 shirt at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher has sent a brilliant message to Xherdan Shaqiri after the winger took his No.23 shirt at Liverpool.

Shaqiri, 26, completed a £13million move to Merseyside on Friday to become Liverpool’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

Jurgen Klopp brought Shaqiri to Anfield to provide support for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and the Swiss was desperate to join after Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.

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Emre Can’s move to Juventus last month meant the No. 23 was vacant and Shaqiri has taken over the shirt from the German midfielder.

Liverpool legend Carragher famously wore the No. 23 shirt for 17 seasons and the former defender posted a message on Instagram following Shaqiri’s unveiling.

Jamie Carragher took to Instagram after Xherdan Shaqiri’s signing (Picture: Instagram)‘Score as many goals as me in the 23 and you’ll be a bargain,’ he said.

‘Look after it Shaq.’

Jurgen Klopp welcomed the Switzerland international to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Asked about Shaqiri, Liverpool boss Klopp said: ‘I think the English phrase to explain the decision to sign Xherdan is a “no-brainer”.

‘When someone like him becomes available in this way you have to react if you are smart – and we have.

‘He has speed and ability, has the right amount of arrogance on the football pitch, real bravery to want the ball and influence things. To play for us these are mandatory requirements.

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‘We are the perfect move for him in this moment as well I think, because he needs to push himself and challenge himself and our environment encourages that.

‘We will want him to express himself but also learn and improve the areas of his game where he can still make progression.’

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Kylian Mbappe reminds Jamie Carragher of the time he was destroyed by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry

Kylian Mbappe won France a first half penalty against Argentina (Picture: Getty)Kylian Mbappe has been drawing comparisons with Thierry Henry ever since he broke into Monaco’s first team and it’s not difficult to see why.

The teenager boasts electric pace to complement his magnetic touch and intelligent movement and while, at this early stage of his career, he lacks the composure which marked Henry out as one of the most fearsome strikers of his generation, there is every reason to believe he will mature into a modern great himself.

Mbappe showcased all that is good about his game with the run which earned France a 13th minute penalty in their World Cup last 16 match against Argentina in Kazan.

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Javier Mascherano simply couldn’t live with Kylian Mbappe (Picture: Getty)

Marcos Rojo brought down Kylian Mbappe as he raced into the penalty area (Picture: Getty)The PSG forward received the ball 15 yards inside his own half, switched on the afterburners and surged away from three Argentinians, including the hapless veteran Javier Mascherano who could barely bring himself to muster a challenge.

As he approached the penalty area, Mbappe knocked the ball past Marcos Rojo leaving the Manchester United defender with little option but to haul his opponent to the floor, allowing Antoine Griezmann the opportunity to roll France into an early lead from the spot.

The astonishing turn of pace reminded former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher of the moment Henry ruined him during a Premier League clash back in 2003.

Mbappe nearly repeated the trick nearly six minutes later when he latched onto Paul Pogba’s magnificent long pass and controlled the ball in an instant only for his run to be interrupted by Nicolas Tagliafico’s desperate challenge which earned the defender a yellow card.

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Jamie Carragher names THREE players who need upgrading in Liverpool’s starting XI

Carragher spent the entirety of his playing career at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher highlighted Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner as the three players who the Reds should considering upgrading if they are going to challenge for major honours in the future.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost in the Champions League final 3-1 to Real Madrid on Saturday night, and while Carragher credited their efforts, he insists there are certain players who need changing.

‘Going forward I certainly think the midfield needs looking at,’ Carragher said on the Telegraph’s podcast. ‘That will change, with Keita coming in and talk of Lyon’s captain [Nabil Fekir] also coming in who plays that No 10 role.

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‘I think we lacked something in midfield I’d say. We got to the Champions League final with that midfield three of Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, they’ve been absolutely superb – but they’re workaholics.

‘The class of Real Madrid in the centre of midfield with Kroos and Modric told really.

‘We didn’t have a player who could match them on the ball. I think it’s important that we bring in a couple of bodies in that position. I’m sure that’s what the manager will look to do.’

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While Liverpool’s journey to the Champions League final as well as fourth spot in the Premier League was impressive, it was largely down to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who scored 91 goals between them.

The highest-scoring midfielder for Liverpool during the 2017/18 season was Emre Can on six goals. Philippe Coutinho scored 12, but he departed for Barcelona in January.

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher consoles distraught Loris Karius after nightmare vs Real Madrid

Loris Karius broke down after the final whistle (Picture: UEFA)Loris Karius endured one of the worst games imaginable on the biggest stage in club football on Saturday night and the Liverpool goalkeeper broke down in tears at the final whistle.

Two howlers gifted Real Madrid two goals in a 3-1 victory and derailed any hope Liverpool had of beating the La Liga giants to Champions League glory.

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both benefited from Karius’ blunders and the German tearfully apologised to Liverpool fans on the pitch.

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was pitchside after the game and made a beeline for a distraught Karius as he walked down the tunnel.

Carragher put his arm around Karius and spoke into his ear as the stopper finally made his way off the pitch.

It was a touching moment from a man who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005.

Karius gifted Real Madrid two goals (Picture: AP)

Karius was distraught (Picture: AFP)Karius has been heavily criticised on social media by Liverpool fans, who blame the 24-year-old for their side’s loss.

Liverpool lost talisman Mohamed Salah in the first half to a shoulder injury, but Sadio Mane’s goal in the 55th minute after Karius’ initial howler had got the Reds back into the game.

Karius had inexplicably thrown the ball straight at Benzema and the Frenchman gleefully deflected the ball into the goal to put Real ahead.

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(Picture: EPA)Mane’s goal cancelled out the horrifying moment for Karius before a stunning overhead kick from substitute Bale restored Real’s lead.

Karius then parried Bale’s long-range effort into his own net to condemn Liverpool to defeat and hand Real their third Champions League title in a row.

Real are the first side in the Champions League era to win three consecutive European titles.

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Jamie Carragher explains why Luis Suarez is still superior to Mohamed Salah

Jamie Carragher still prefers Luis Suarez to Mohamed Salah (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has explained why he believes Luis Suarez is a better all-round player than Mohamed Salah.

Salah has had a record-breaking debut campaign for Liverpool, scoring 43 goals in all competitions, and was named PFA Player of the Year over Manchester City sensation Kevin De Bruyne.

Suarez only managed 17 goals in his first full season for the Reds but the Uruguayan forward went on to take the Premier League by storm before joining Barcelona in 2014.

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While Carragher has been blown away by Salah’s start at Anfield, the former Liverpool defender believes Suarez is still the more complete player of the two.

Speaking to Goal, Carragher said: ‘Suarez is probably a better player all round, but for a one-off season there can’t be many who have had a season like this in the history of the club.

Jamie Carragher played alongside Luis Suarez at Anfield (Picture: Getty)‘People are comparing him [Salah] to Suarez when he was here, who would you rather have and all that.

‘But what Salah has over Suarez, for Liverpool, is the big games he’s scored in.’

Mohamed Salah is preparing to take on Roma at the Stadio Olimpico (Picture: Getty)Carragher challenged Salah to become a Liverpool great by winning this season’s Champions League.

‘When we had Suarez and [Fernando] Torres, we thought they were as good as anyone around,’ he said.

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‘But when they eventually left the club, they only left with ‘he was a great player’. They didn’t actually take the team to something.

‘Salah could take the team to a European Cup, and if he does that he’s a Liverpool legend. When you win a big trophy, everyone is a hero.’

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