Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was an artist, says Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho describes Jamie Carragher as "an artist" after the Liverpool defender retired

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Jamie Carragher made his Liverpool debut in 1997

Jose Mourinho has described Jamie Carragher as “an artist” after the Liverpool defender retired from professional football on Sunday.

The 35-year-old ended a distinguished career in fitting fashion as Liverpool secured their 16th clean sheet of the season and edged to a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Former Chelsea manager Mourinho saw his Blues side fall short of the Champions League final in 2005 and 2007 after titanic performances from Carragher – and Liverpool – in the last four.

And the 50-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, lavished praise on Carragher, who made his Reds debut in 1997.

“Normally, the world of football cries when what they call ‘the artists’ finish their career,” Mourinho told Liverpool’s website. “But people don’t really know what an artist is.

“For me, the artist is a guy who gives everything to his manager, to his club, to his fellow players on the pitch. And I think Jamie represents all of this.

“[These players] for me are the real artists, so when one of them finishes their career, I’m always a bit sad.”

He added: “I never worked with Jamie but I played against him a dozen times and I understand what he means.

“He is an artist who gave everything to his Liverpool shirt, to the fans, to every manager he ever worked with and to the players.

“But [his decision to retire] is one that he has made for the good of his family and to enjoy a different kind of life.

“He leaves on a high by showing everybody that he can keep going. I wish him and his family well.”

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