Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher: Cup double would cap a ‘great’ season
Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool's season would be a "great" success if they can complete win the FA Cup on Saturday
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s season would be a “great” success if the Reds can beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley.
Liverpool owner John Henry had said a top-four finish in the Premier League was the minimum requirement for the season but Kenny Dalglish’s side are languishing in eighth place with two games remaining.
The Reds secured the club’s first silverware in six years after a 3-2 victory on penalties against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final in February, and Carragher is convinced that winning the FA Cup would render Liverpool’s season a success.
“If we win the FA Cup against Chelsea, it’s a great season for us,” Carragher told the club’s website.
“We’ve only been in three competitions, so if we win two, then that’s unbelievable. That’s a fantastic season.
“If someone had told me at the start of the season that we would win the FA Cup and the Carling Cup, then I would have been pleased.
“In the league, it’s just been one of those things; we haven’t produced to where we want to be but in cup competitions we have. So at least we’ve got the cups to fall back on.”
The 33-year-old is hoping to feature in Saturday’s showpiece against the Blues after helping Liverpool to a dramatic 2-1 victory over derby rivals Everton in the semi-final.
And Carragher heaped praise on Chelsea’s interim manager Roberto Di Matteo and backed the Italian to be handed the full-time position at the end of the campaign.
“Roberto Di Matteo’s done a brilliant job, absolutely brilliant,” added Carragher.
“People talk about him for Manager of the Year; I think he’s got to be up there. He’s got them to two cup finals and back in the hunt for a top four place and I think he’s done a great job.
“He’ll probably feel hard done by if he doesn’t get the job full-time.”