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

Double act: George Gillett (left) and Tom Hicks and were vilified by Liverpool fans - rightly, according to Carragher, who says: 'No-one likes to be kidded along'

But he cautions persistent critics, drawing a link with the criticism of those past owners and the disappointment that has been expressed recently at the club’s failure to sign a replacement for on-loan striker Andy Carroll in the summer transfer window.

‘Obviously we’re all disappointed. The manager’s disappointed and we’re disappointed as players,’ says Carragher.

‘But we can’t go into the next few games and when we lose go, “Ah, but we’ve got to wait until we get to January and the next window. The results now don’t matter”. They do matter. We’re still a big club, we’ve still got good players, whether we missed out on a striker at the end of the window. That’s tough. Get on with it. Don’t use it as an excuse. I hate people making excuses all the time. It winds me up.’

Carragher speaks with enthusiasm about the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. ‘I’ve loved it,’ he says. ‘Training has been fantastic. He’s a great communicator, a great man-manager.’ But the suggestion the new man’s tactics may not suit  Carragher riles him. ‘I get frustrated when people say “Oh, you just put your foot in” or “you’re a great leader or character”. I’m not Xabi Alonso but I can play football, I can pass the ball. I’ve done it my whole life, I’ve played from the back,’ he says.

Still, the scale of Rodgers’s task is clearly considerable. ‘Things have changed from when we were in the top four every year,’ says Carragher.  ‘Without being defeatist, you always knew Chelsea and United were going for the league and us and Arsenal were trying to catch them.

‘But as soon as Manchester City got money, it was a reality that eventually they were going to get into the top four. I always thought it would be us or Arsenal who would be going out of the top four. The first time we got that bit of a challenge from City and Tottenham we finished seventh and we’ve just never been able to get back up there.

‘That’s the target now for us, to get back in the top four this season. The way the game is, we’ve got to be careful that this doesn’t go on and on.

‘But listen, great clubs always come back and Liverpool are one of them. Obviously the last few years haven’t been great for us but I don’t think Liverpool will never be back up there.’

And he must be right. Liverpool probably will get back up there eventually. But, sadly, it will in all likelihood be without Jamie Carragher.

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