Jamie Carragher: I'd have loved to have won the title at Liverpool but there was always someone better than us

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Posted Sunday, September 16, 2012 by Dailymail

The interview is over and just a photograph remains to be taken. For almost an hour, Jamie  Carragher has been talking about his limited future in the game and the reality that he will never now win the Premier League with Liverpool. But as we walk out of the interview room, his eyes are immediately drawn to a television screen at Liverpool’s Melwood Training Ground.

A sombre David Cameron is beginning his statement on the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago and Carragher is transfixed, as is the receptionist opposite him. No one breaks the silence as we watch the Prime Minister prepare the ground for an historic apology. It is fully five minutes before Carragher breaks off to complete his duties, unnecessarily apologising himself. It is entirely understandable that here, of all places, a club should stand still as the truth about Hillsborough is revealed.

Jamie Carragher: I'd have loved to have won the title at Liverpool but there was always someone better than us
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The receptionist says she was just eight years old at the time of the disaster on April 15 1989. Carragher was a little older, 11, and an Everton fan who, on that fateful day, was at the other FA Cup semi-final, at Villa Park. A few hours after our interview, Carragher represented Liverpool Football Club at the city’s Hillsborough vigil, reading out some of the names of the tragedy’s 96 victims.

Earlier he had discussed the disaster and the impact it has had on the club and the city. It was not the reason for our interview but, given the coincidence of meeting on such a momentous day, it was a natural topic.

‘That era was when I started going to watch football and it was actually shocking,’ he recalls. ‘You stood at the front behind the goal and watched the game with a fence six inches from your face. How could you really see the game through these bars?’

He admits that, even as a Liverpudlian and a football fan, it has been only in recent years that he has begun to comprehend the enormity of what happened on the day of Liverpool’s semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

‘I was at the other semi-final, the Everton one,’ he says. ‘As a kid, you don’t really understand what happened. As you grow up, you understand a bit more but it’s when you’ve got your own kids and you hear the stories of a family saying, "I sent my child off in the morning and they didn’t come back”, that’s when it hits you. Even if you get justice today, you can never get over that.’

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