A comment made by Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher prior to his testimonial on Saturday confirmed once and for all what thousands of Scousers have been stubbornly denying for years. While stating that he would love to interview Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson more than anyone else in football, Carra has been quoted as saying “If I was in his company, I would also tell him, first off, that Manchester United never knocked Liverpool off their ******* perch, as he put it. That’s just nonsense. Graeme Souness did that.”
That statement clearly admits that Liverpool HAVE been “knocked off their ******* perch” after all, the only question Carragher raises is by whom. Nobody has ever doubted that fact of course except deluded Liverpool fans who are in continuous denial claiming that Anfield is still the home of “the greatest club in England.
Carragher is also stretching the facts to their absolute limit by blaming Souness for the clubs’ downfall. Liverpool has failed to win a Championship for twenty years – and counting, in which Souness was only in charge for three of them, so who was responsible for the other seventeen?
Many of his fans have not taken kindly to Carragher inviting former Liverpool player Michael Owen to make an Anfield return for the testimonial. The two are long time friends and Owen had no hesitation in agreeing to turn out again in a Liverpool shirt despite now being a Manchester United player.
Carragher dismisses those critics saying that “I saw the other day Bobby Charlton played in Tommy Smith’s testimonial and he wore a Liverpool kit – I think that is worse isn’t it?. Owen was a fantastic player for Liverpool, right up there with the greats for what he did and deserves to be treated with respect.”
It’s a wonderful gesture by the Liverpool veteran. It would have been even nicer however if he had also invited Sir Alex so he could tell him personally that he had nothing to do with Liverpool’s fall from grace. He could have also gone one step further by asking former England colleague Gary Neville to make an appearance at Anfield!
Did Ferguson have anything to do with knocking Liverpool off their perch?