We often wonder if some of the pundits on TV think before they speak – and they have to be very wary of how some of their comments are portrayed.
Jamie Carragher – my team’s better than yours
Jamie Carragher is a popular pundit these days, who seems to know the game well and is of course a Liverpool legend – and deserves to be too.
I’ll always remember one of the last gasp tackles he made in the Champions League final back in 2005 when they amazingly beat AC Milan on penalties after being 3-0 down at the break.
Jamie had a great game when Steven Gerrard almost single-handedly brought Liverpool back from what looked like certain defeat at the break.
But his latest comments are that he is annoyed that two former sides – the great (and wonderful) Newcastle United side under Kevin Keegan in the 1990s and the Leeds side who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League under David O’Leary in 2001 before losing 3-0 to Valencia.
This is what Jamie has said today:
“During my career, I won 10 major honours but none of the Liverpool teams I played for is particularly remembered for being a top side,”
“If I’m honest, it annoys me, especially when I hear stories even now of how great Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle team of 1995-96 were or how thrilling the Leeds team were that reached the Champions League semi-final in 2001.”
“Yes, they both played fast, exciting football but what did they win? Nothing.”
The Newcastle side is remembered fondly because Kevin Keegan had Newcastle playing in all-out style that was a joy to watch and just terrific for the game.
That Newcastle United side was one of the best sides to watch – ever – so it’s hardly surprising they are remembered so fondly.
And why bring trophies and honors up for a club who haven’t won anything in 46 years, and have little chance of changing that history while Mike Ashley still owns the club.
That’s definitely one below the belt.
Not all sides that win trophies are particularly good to watch either – with Jose Mourinho’s’ sides being a decent example of that.
Jose wins trophies for sure, and he’s absolutely a world-class coach – but his sides aren’t always the best to watch as they grind out the results.
And in any case things are not fair in this world – doesn’t Jamie know that?
What do you think?
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