Fowler, Owen & more: Twitter reacts to Carragher’s Liverpool retirement
Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen tweet their thoughts after news that Liverpool's Jamie Carragher will retire at end of season
Jamie Carragher has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season, ending a decorated 16-year career at Liverpool.
The 35-year-old has made 723 appearances for the Reds since making his debut in January 1997, winning the Champions League, FA Cup twice and League Cup three times.
Here are the best of the tributes from the sporting world on Twitter, with many of Carragher’s team-mates praising the centre-half.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) wants there to be a fuss for Carragher: “Sorry to hear the news on Carra, his quotes regarding retirement tell you everything about the man… An absolute legend of a player and knowing Carra, he won’t want a big fuss…. But you know what, he deserves one of the biggest.. #23”
Carragher’s former team-mate Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) is well-placed to judge the centre-half: “What a servant Carra has been for Liverpool. A rare breed and it’s been a privilege to play alongside, room with and be big mates with one of football’s real men. I doubt we have heard the last of him. He has too much to offer the game to be away for long!”
European Cup-winning captain Phil Thompson (@Phil_Thompson4) tweets his thoughts to another great Liverpool centre-half: “Carra retiring, what a legend and what a wonderful servant to our great club, we won’t see the likes of him again. RESPECT MATE!”
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) ranks Carragher among the Liverpool greats: “Just heard that Carra retires at the end of the season. One of the all-time great LFC players, he showed in the last few weeks he still got it.”
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) is sad to see his ex-team-mate call time on his career: “Sad to hear Jamie Carragher set to retire at end of the season. An honour to have played with a Liverpool Great.A model pro to any young lad.”
Former England wicketkeeper and Chelsea fan Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) pays credit to the Liverpool stalwart: “Whoever you support huge respect to Jamie Carragher. A great servant to @LFC. Should be proud of everything he’s achieved. #loyalservant”
Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) describes Carragher as a great pro: “#jamiecarragher Great lad and great pro. A credit to football. All the best in your retirement.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) speaks about his experience of the defender: “Got some great memories of Carra from him being my senior at Lilleshall, under 20 World Cup, Under-21’s and a couple nights out!!Top lad, top career!!”
Liverpool midfielder Suso (@suso30fernandez) has benefited from Carragher’s experience: “Gutted that Jamie Carragher will retire at the end of the season… He’s a Liverpool legend… Amazing player and person.”
Everton legend Peter Reid (@reid6peter) adds his thoughts: “So BLUE to hear Carragher is retiring. Top player & lad!”
Liverpool’s Brazilian star Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) hopes to create a few more memories before the end of the season: “Just read Carra statement. Let’s enjoy a few more months with him before he retires. It is amazing what he is done for LFC. #23”
Former Sunderland star Michael Gray (@mickygray33) heaps praise on the stalwart: “One club, one top professional… Well done Jamie Carragher on a great career..!!! #liverpoolfc”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) highlights Carragher’s standing in the English game: “Jamie Carragher will hang up his boots at the end of the season. Those boots were worn by a player respected by everyone in the game.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) has a few kind words to say: “Jamie Carragher has been a great servant to Lfc. Great player and a top fella! Funny guy! Nutter when we were kids but management material now.”
West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (@stevenreid12) keeps it short but sweet: “Respect to Carragher .. Great career and servant to #LFC!”