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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Jamie Carragher hails Roberto Firmino as the ‘most important player’ at Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino (Picture: EPA)Jamie Carragher has hailed Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s ‘most important player’.

The Brazil forward is enjoying another superb season at Anfield with his 27 goals helping the Reds progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Firmino recently put pen to paper on a new five-year deal worth £180,000-a-week, but his performances have often been overshadowed by the sensational Mohamed Salah.

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In his debut season at Liverpool, the Egyptian has scored over 40 goals, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and leading the Golden Boot race.

Despite Salah’s heroics, Carragher says it is Firmino who is Jurgen Klopp’s most influential player as he sets the tone for the rest of the team.

‘I love Firmino, he’s probably my favourite player,’ Carragher told Goal. ‘What Salah is doing is “wow” but I love watching Firmino play.

Carragher is a huge admirer of Brazil international Firmino (Picture: Getty)‘His touch, the way he links the play, his strength, his working back. And I can’t believe that some people still say we need a centre-forward!

‘I hear pundits on TV saying it and it’s like, “Oh my god!” He’s got 27 goals! And he’s not just a penalty-box striker. He doesn’t take loads of penalties.

‘It’s because of Messi, Ronaldo, Salah now. They’ve changed the way people look at strikers and their numbers. But that’s not normal, what they’re doing!

‘If you’ve got an attacking player getting 25 goals, and doing everything Firmino does besides, then you’ve got a great player.

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‘I think he’s arguably Klopp’s most important player, for how we press, what we do. He’s just brilliant.’

Carragher, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool in almost two decades at the club, also heaped praise on Klopp ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Roma.

Klopp inspired an impressive 5-2 victory over the Italians in the first leg at Anfield and Carragher insists he is a ‘special manager’.

‘He gets pigeon-holed. He’s seen as a motivator, he whips the crowd up and the players run round like headless chickens for him. It’s a load of nonsense,’ the former England star added.

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‘You don’t manage at that level, with different clubs, and get the performances he gets, without being a special manager.

‘Of course a big part of it is his character, his enthusiasm. You’d imagine the players love him, and that is rare. You may respect your manager, but I think these players respect him and they love him.’

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Police contact driver who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting after he gets ‘death threats’

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Police have spoken to the man who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his car with his teenage daughter inside.

Enquiries are continuing but it is understood both Carragher’s actions and the filming of the incident while driving could be punishable.

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On Monday, police said they were not investigating the incident and had received no complain from the driver – named as 42-year-old Andy Hughes.

It has just been announced that ex-Liverpool defender Carragher, 40, has been suspended from his job as a Sky Sports pundit for the rest of the season.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

Andy Hughes, pictured with wife Sarah, has received death threats over the video‘Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.

‘Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.’

Speaking to Sky News, the ex-Liverpool defender called it ‘a moment of madness’.

The incident occurred after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Carragher, who has yet to be contacted by police, said he was ‘goaded three/four times while being filmed’ but that there was ‘no excuse’.

After the video was obtained by the Mirror and widely shared, police contacted the man who filmed the incident.

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from Sky Sports until the end of the season (Picture: PA)Andy Hughes, 42, from North Wales told the Mirror he has received death threats and felt ‘under siege’ after being identified.

He says he wishes he had never filmed the incident – and wants Carragher to keep his job at Sky.

Earlier today, Carragher tweeted: ‘I’ve made a big mistake and accept full responsibility.

‘I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone.’

On Monday, the former England international said he would accept any consequences.

Sky suspend Jamie Carragher until the end of the season after spitting incident

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Sky has confirmed their decision to suspend football pundit Jamie Carragher until the end of the season.

The former Liverpool defender was filmed on a mobile phone spitting at a car following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United last Saturday.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

‘Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.

‘Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.’

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Carragher was suspended earlier this week and did not appear on the Monday Night Football programe he has become synonymous with, forcing Gary Neville to step in as a late replacement for coverage of the match between Stoke and Manchester City.

The 40-year-old has apologised on several occasions and taken full responsibility for his conduct which has been widely condemned.

Andy Hughes, who shot the footage while his 14-year-old daughter was in the passenger seat, revealed on Tuesday he has been the subject of death threats which have left him ‘under seige’.

Carragher tweeted again on Wednesday, requesting that the family at the centre of the controversy be left alone.

He wrote: ‘I’ve made a big mistake & accept full responsibility. I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone.’

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Sky suspend Jamie Carragher until the end of the season

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Sky has confirmed their decision to suspend football pundit Jamie Carragher until the end of the season.

The former Liverpool defender was filmed on a mobile phone spitting at a car following Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United last Saturday.

A Sky Sports spokesman said: ‘Following an internal review, Sky has suspended Jamie Carragher for the remainder of the football season.

‘Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again.

‘Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.’

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Carragher was suspended earlier this week and did not appear on the Monday Night Football programe he has become synonymous with, forcing Gary Neville to step in as a late replacement for coverage of the match between Stoke and Manchester City.

The 40-year-old has apologised on several occasions and taken full responsibility for his conduct which has been widely condemned.

Andy Hughes, who shot the footage while his 14-year-old daughter was in the passenger seat, revealed on Tuesday he has been the subject of death threats which have left him ‘under seige’.

Carragher tweeted again on Wednesday, requesting that the family at the centre of the controversy be left alone.

He wrote: ‘I’ve made a big mistake & accept full responsibility. I am the only person to blame for this sorry situation, so please leave the family alone.’

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First picture of man who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his daughter

Andy Hughes has been identified as the dad of a teenage girl who was spat at by former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher (Picture: Mercury Press)This is the first picture of a man who filmed Jamie Carragher spitting at his 14-year-old daughter.

Andy Hughes has been identified as the die-hard Manchester United supporter who used his mobile phone to record the Sky Sports pundit spitting at his daughter after Liverpool lost to his team on Saturday.

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Mr Hughes is seen here for the first time in pictures discovered on social media where he is also pictured with wife Sarah, 38 and daughter, who were both in the car at the time of the incident.

In the video which was widely circulated on Saturday, the former England international spits from his car window at Mr Hughes, from Colwyn Bay, north Wales, after being goaded about the result at Old Trafford.

Mr Hughes, who says he ‘hates Scousers’ on his Instagram page, spots Carragher driving home after covering the match for Sky Sports and from an open car window yells at him: ‘2-1, 2-1, unlucky Jamie lad, 2-1 lad.’

Andy Hughes refused to comment on whether police have spoken to him (Picture: Mercury Press)

Carragher has since apologised to the family for the incident (Picture: John Walton/PA Wire)The former Liverpool defender then spits towards Mr Hughes’ car with the saliva hitting Mr Hughes’ daughter, who is sat in the passenger seat with the window open.

In the footage Mr Hughes’ daughter can be heard saying: ‘He spat on me’. Mr Hughes claims she then burst into tears.

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The spitting storm has left Carragher hanging onto his £1 million-a-year-job at Sky, who have suspended him after the footage went viral earlier this week.

Carragher has since apologised for his actions and has spoken directly to the family involved about what happened, saying his actions were ‘totally out of order and unacceptable.’

Calls for him to be sacked have been growing on social media while Mr Hughes has been criticised for using his phone while at the wheel.

He revealed on his Instagram page that he ‘hates Scousers’ (Picture: Mercury Press)Carragher described his behaviour as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘disgusting’ during an interview on Sky News.

‘I have no excuse and it is devastating for the family involved and my own family, but it is my actions which have brought that on,’ the 40-year-old said.

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The family have since spoken in support of Jamie, and revealed they don’t want him to get sacked from his punditry position.

We don’t want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and explanation, the dad told The Mirror.

‘He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human.’

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Jamie Carragher arriving in London yesterday (PA)The family at the centre of the Jamie Carragher spitting scandal don’t want to see the pundit sacked by Sky Sports.

The Liverpool legend has been suspended by the broadcaster who said his behaviour fell ‘well below the standards we expect of our people’.

However, they stopped short of firing him for the incident that saw him spit from his car window onto a 14-year-old girl after being goaded by her father over Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

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The family involved hope they don’t go as far as that.

The father told The Mirror: ‘We don’t want him to lose his job. It is not about that. We wanted an apology and ­explanation.

‘He seems contrite. Everyone makes mistakes, we are all human.’

His wife added: ‘He did seem extremely sorry.’

Statement from Sky

‘Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.

‘It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.’

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Carragher has apologised profusely for his behaviour, making appearances on Sky, BBC and ITV in an attempt to make amends. He’s also spoken directly to the family, including the young girl.

Talking to Sky News, he said: ‘I have no excuse and it is ­devastating for the family involved and my own family, but it is my actions which have brought that on.

‘You can’t condone that behaviour. No matter what the circumstances, you cannot ever behave like that, it is just unacceptable.

‘There is no doubt what I have done is disgusting. I apologise for it.

‘Watching those clips back it feels like an out-of-body thing, that moment of madness for four or five seconds.’

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His Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville has also expressed hope that they will work together again.

I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018

Carragher revealed during his interviews he hadn’t offered his resignation but conceded his future was not in his own hands.

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Gary Neville thinks Jamie Carragher should keep Sky Sports job despite spitting incident

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville (Getty)Gary Neville says Jamie Carragher has ‘no excuses’ for spitting on a 14-year-old girl, but has called on Sky Sports to stop short of sacking him.

The football pundit was filmed on Saturday after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United spitting from his car window after being goaded about the result at Old Trafford.

Carragher has repeatedly apologised for the incident, including making an appearance on Sky News to express his regret. He’s also spoken to the family involved, including the young girl whose face he spat on.

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He’s been suspended by Sky Sports who said Carragher’s actions fell ‘well below the standards we expect of our people’.

Statement from Sky

‘Sky takes this matter extremely seriously and strongly condemns Jamie’s actions, we have made that clear to him in person today and suspended him from his duties.

‘It falls well below the standards we expect of our people.’

Carragher has become one of the faces of Sky Sports since retiring from football in 2013, with his relationship with rival Gary Neville proving popular with viewers.

Neville has condemned Carragher on Twitter, but doesn’t believe he deserves to be sacked.

‘I’ve just watched Carragher say sorry [on Sky News]. No excuses he’s made a big mistake.

‘He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted.

‘I’ve been on TV for thre years with him and in my opinion this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.’

I’ve just watched Carra23 say sorry. No excuses he’s made a big mistake . He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted . I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and imo this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2018

Sky have suspended him indefinitely, starting with his appearance on Monday Night Football this evening.

He’s also been pulled from working on Danish TV channel TV3 who he was supposed to analyse Manchester United’s Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Neville and Carragher work together on Monday Night Football (Getty)Carragher also remains hopeful he has a future with Sky.

‘Hopefully going forward I can show the real me. I don’t feel that was representative of the real me. Hopefully the general public, Sky can look at that and my 20-year career. And I’ve made mistakes in those 25 years, but this is a huge one.

‘I’ve haven’t offered that [my resignation]. No, I’m just speaking to people at Sky and working out the best way to go forward. They’ve made it known they are very disappointed. I’ve brought shame on them and football.’

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Speaking on Sky News, Carragher called the incident a ‘moment of madness’.

‘Difficult to explain, the moment of madness. I lost it. I’ve apologised for it and I can’t take it back, as much as I want to. I can hopefully move forward,’ he said.

‘I can’t explain for those four or five seconds why I reacted like that. It never happened before and it won’t happen again. This whole incident, the family I’ve dragged them into and it’s devastating for them.’

Carragher expressed regret at pulling a 14-year-old into the scandal.

‘A young girl who wasn’t involved in anything, is now getting embroiled.

‘A young girl feels slightly worse than me. I’ve got a daughter exactly the same age and it’s difficult to say how I would react if someone had done that.

‘The way that father sees his daughter is the way I see my daughter.

‘It is my biggest regret, getting involved in that type of situation.’

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He added: ‘Hopefully I can get the chance to meet face to face with the family, and apologise to them again.’

Before he was suspended by Sky, Carragher was approached by reporters as he arrived at Euston station from Liverpool. He took that opportunity to apologise for his behaviour.

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