Liverpool’s Pepe Reina lifts lid on Jamie Carragher row

Liverpool stopper reveals how a heated row with the defender boiled over into the dressing room

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Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: ChoonMing, via Flickr

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed how a heated on-pitch spat with Reds defender Jamie Carragher continued in the dressing room after the game.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has been Liverpool’s first-choice stopper since joining the club from Villarreal in 2005, recalls how an explosive bust-up over his distribution flared up after the final whistle in his new autobiography.

“The row between me and Jamie Carragher started during the game – I can’t even remember who we were playing against – [and it] carried on in the dressing room and didn’t come to an end until we sent each other text messages apologising.” Reina said in Pepe, which is currently being serialised in the Daily Mirror.

“He went crazy at me, screaming at me, and I was screaming back at him. We were like that for fully five minutes shouting at one another and getting our point across. When we got back into the dressing room the row started again and it was even rougher than it had been on the pitch.

“The other players were just totally silent, watching us giving each other hell.”

Reina says the fiery exchange, which began towards the end of the unnamed encounter, was over passing options during a tense game.

“It wasn’t even over anything major,” he continued. “It was just a difference of opinion over whether I should knock the ball long or [if] he should give me an angle for a short pass.

“I ended up kicking the ball out wide to where I thought Carra should be, but he wasn’t there and it went out of play. He shouted at me: ‘You really think you’re Franz Beckenbauer and you’re always trying to play short passes when you should just empty it.’

“I responded: ‘If I know one thing it’s that you definitely aren’t Beckenbauer, but just give me a bit of support when I’ve got the ball so we can try and play instead of just kicking it down the pitch.'”

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