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Sunday 21 December 2014

How Liverpool miss Jamie Carragher

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Jamie Carragher retired from football at the end of the season
Jamie Carragher retired from football at the end of the season

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is in Belfast today to attend a fundraiser for the Happy Children Charitable Foundation.

The former England defender turned Sky Sports pundit will announce a joint partnership event with his own Foundation to take place at Stormont in August.... assuming the place is still open by then!

No doubt on his trip here he'll encounter some Liverpool fans pleading with him to come out of retirement. And they won't be joking.

Carnlough native Brendan Rodgers has done a phenomenal job at Anfield inspiring his team to challenge for the Premier League title this season, when many Kopites back in August thought fighting for a Champions League spot would be beyond them.

Even Brendan, though, has been unable to prevent his defenders making individual errors that have cost the side silly goals, such as the three conceded against Swansea last Sunday.

Just as well Liverpool have the most potent attack around and continue to outscore the opposition, but as the pressure mounts in the run in clean sheets will be a must if the Reds are to have any chance of finishing above Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Carragher would have been ideal in this situation marshalling Liverpool's defence rather than Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Daniel Agger, all prone to a cock up now and then.

Normally great strikers win games and great defences win titles.

That's why Chelsea are likely to claim the crown.

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