Carragher blames Souness for fall

by Setanta Staff , 04 September 2010

Jamie Carragher has spoken of his admiration for Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho while he has blamed Graeme Souness for knocking 'Liverpool off their perch'.


Carragher, who hopes to sign a new contract in the near future, will mark his 13 years at the club on Saturday when he lines out with the likes of Michael Owen and Emile Heskey in his testimonial.

The 32-year-old defender is Liverpool to the core but despite this he makes no secret of his admiration for Ferguson and Mourinho, listing the former as the person he would most like to sit down and interview.

"I love talking about the game, learning things from people, but there’s always a mystique about people you haven’t had the chance to speak to," he explained.

"The likes of Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, I could talk to them all day and that's one reason I answered the call from Fabio Capello to go to the World Cup. I wanted to see him at close quarters.

"I wasn't disappointed and got on great with him. He used to make me laugh every day. It was just the way he was - no messing. I loved that.

“I’ve also spoken at length with Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez about their methods, so if I had to choose someone, it would be Ferguson.

"What would I ask him? How long have you got? All day? I’d just want to find out what he would make of certain situations and how he would react to them. Just how he goes about things, how he makes it all work."

Carragher joined Liverpool three years after Souness' controversial reign came to an end and he has no doubts that the former manager is responsible for the Reds fall from the top.

"If I was in his (Ferguson's) 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," he told the Daily Mail.

"When United were going for their first title under Ferguson in 1992-93, they were competing with Norwich and Aston Villa. They weren’t competing with Liverpool, were they?"

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