Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher: I wish I’d won the Premier League
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher admits he wishes he'd won the Premier League title as the defender prepares to call time on his career
Jamie Carragher has admitted his disappointment at Liverpool’s failure to win the Premier League title during the centre-half’s 16-year Reds career.
The 35-year-old will captain Liverpool as he makes his final appearance for the Merseyside outfit against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on Sunday.
Carragher progressed through the club’s youth ranks before making his debut in 1997, going on to play a pivotal role in Liverpool’s fifth European Cup triumph seven years later.
Despite winning the Champions League, Carragher is frustrated that he never won England’s top prize, with the Reds finishing as runners-up in 2002 and 2009.
“I wish I’d have won the league,” said Carragher.
“But you’ve given it everything and done as much as you can in terms of what you put into it.
“It’s a team game; there are different managers and coaches who have helped you along the way, you do your best. I’ve done alright.”
Carragher was a cornerstone of Gerard Houllier’s side which finished second to Arsenal in the 2001/02 title race, before coming agonizingly close in 2009, with a tally of 86 points insufficient to topple Manchester United.
Despite the obvious disappointment, the Bootle-born defender is adamant he won’t lose any sleep over the club’s failure to win an elusive 19th Premier League crown during his Anfield career.
“Very simple – we weren’t good enough, all of us. There’s no fancy reason or excuse, other teams in that particular season were better than us,” he added.
“A couple of times we went close but it was Manchester United or Arsenal. It’s not something I lose sleep over, I’ve been very lucky to achieve some of the things I have.
“If you look at everyone, there’s always something someone hasn’t done. There’s always more to achieve, whatever you’ve done. I’m pleased with how it’s gone.”