Date: 18th August 2011 at 9:00pm
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LFC have had many quality players in the centre half position. I have changed my mind a few times over the last few days who will be playing in the centre of my defence. I have decided to go with Jamie Carragher. This decision is partly because he has played in my era so I have seen more of him than his main rival for this position in my team – Ron Yeats.

I have to admit that when Carra first played for LFC in the 90’s, my first impressions of him were he was too slow and his first touch was not good enough. At that time he played centre midfield and I felt he was out of his depth. I put my hands up and admit I was very wrong to think Carra was not good enough for LFC. He later as we know moved to full back and then his best position centre half. He has not looked back since. He has really became the captain of the back line, marshalling the defence expertly. In more recent times he has also helped young inexperienced players to mould into the team – i.e. John Flanagan, Martin Kelly.

Jamie Carragher is Liverpool through and through even admitting he would rather lose a game playing for his country rather than club. A one club man is very rare in these money hungry days of professional footballers. Every contract Carra signs seems to be sorted with ease. His commitment to LFC is undeniable. Him and Stevie G have driven us on over the last ten years and more to win trophies. Without these two I doubt if we would have achieved any success over this time period. They would have also won many more trophies if they had played in 70’s and 80’s teams.

I remember watching Carra at Anfield a few years ago play at right back and he surprised me that day with his crossing and passing ability. A fan behind me made a comment to his friend that Carra has to be coming to the end of his career but he was very wrong. Four years later and Carra is still our 1st choice centre back and one of the first names on the team sheet. A Liverpool team without Carra wouldn’t seem right for fans brought up in this era.

When I think of Carra I think of Istanbul. His dogged determination and fighting spirit. He played through extra time with cramp and fought on for the cause. He played for the shirt like he does every week. Is it any wonder the Kop sings ”We all dream of a team of Carraghers.”

Carra made his debut in 1996 and has gone on to make over 650 appearances for LFC scoring five goals. He has also made 38 appearances for his country. He has collected every major club medal in his time at Liverpool except a league title. I hope and pray he finishes his collection with a league title before he retires.

Carra has been mentioned a few times as a future Liverpool manager, I hope he moves into a coaching role at LFC when he hangs his boots up. His knowledge and passion for LFC should not be wasted.
Jamie Carragher you get my number 5 shirt.

Who would be your 1st choice centre back? I can’t list them all so i will list a few.
Yeats, Hyypia, Carragher, Hansen, Lawrenson, Hughes, Thompson or other?

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