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Did Jamie Carragher Deserve A New Contract?

He has clocked up over 640 appearances for the Reds and over the years has displayed the sprit and fight that Liverpool need right now but his form over the last few seasons and this season in particular has been questionable. This leaves us to ask the question whether or not the Merseyside club were right to offer him a new deal.

Sentiment would say yes because he has been a top quality player for the Merseyside club over the years but if recent form is anything to go by his time at the top is coming to an end. His lack of pace has been apparent in his performances this season and with Liverpool currently struggling at the bottom of the Premier League, offering him a new deal may be one of Roy Hodgson’s last significant decisions at the club and another one which he got wrong.

Liverpool fans hold Carragher in high regards as he has a local lad who has lived the dream playing for his boyhood club. Even some of them may now admit that is time for veteran defender to move on. The club need a fresh start and with new owners coming in it may have been the perfect time to let Carragher go on to pastures new before taking up retirement. Was Roy Hodgeson right to give the defender a new deal?

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  1. Terry

    October 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    This is not about Carragher per se since he didn’t give himself a new contract. This is about Roy Hodgson making a big mistake in investing in someone whose best days are behind him.

    The problem at Liverpool is that they have a manager who only likes to work with older players and doesn’t give young talent a chance. That has been Roy’s philosophy in his past jobs and he is staying with the same philosophy at Liverpool.

  2. Stephen

    October 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Defending Carragher because he is a legend is fine but the question is “does he deserve a new contract”? The answer to the question is NO. Roy has a problem with signing young players or playing young players. His tenure at other clubs showed that he always brought in older, experienced players. That’s why he bought Konchesky and Poulsen. Liverpool fans should get used to his philosophy because Roy will not change. It makes no sense to continue to play older players and lose. Why not give the youth a chance and give them much needed experience. Who knows maybe the results will improve. Giving the likes of Carragher a new contract doesn’t make sense.

  3. CA_backpacker

    October 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    The issue here isn’t whether he is a legend…or whether he is passionate enough. Sure, he’s a homegrown lad who is definitely passionate on the pitch. The problem is he has aged the last couple seasons in dog years. As has been pointed out by others, he hasn’t adjusted to his declining pace and that puts him in desperate positions requiring a late slide or more often, clutching and grabbing the striker who is blowing right past him. He has to realize this, and play smarter. Position himself better, coordinate better with his defense-partners.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Carra…but until he figures out he isn’t a 20-year-old anymore and adjusts his game to compensate, he just won’t perform at the level we need him to as a central defender. Perhaps he could be more useful as an outside defender? But let’s face it, our defense as a whole is pretty thin, and it isn’t like we have great candidates waiting in the wings to play that central defender role.

  4. Mark cad

    October 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Jamie is already a legend, we got rid of big sami to early, two more years playing then manager(he is that important to us)

  5. Ed

    October 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Right now he’s one of the few playes in the red jersey giving 110%. If he leaves, a large chunk of what’s currently left of the heart and soul of Liverpool leaves with him. At this point, that would be devastating.

    Thank God he’s there.

  6. Robin

    October 19, 2010 at 4:44 am


    Only one other person that actually has a clue on here. I really don’t understand where most of you are coming from. Anyone reading this would think that Carra was awful but the first I’ve heard about it was here. Be interesting to see what the membership forums think about this drivil..

    In fact, I’m going to go there and post a link. See if we can get some more true reds fans to comment.

  7. Casper

    October 19, 2010 at 3:10 am

    A contract extension was expected but not what I hoped for. In my opinion Carra should be played on the left back, so he still can influence the team. Other central defenders seems to aquire more vision and ability to read the game with increasing age…..Carra seems to be the exception to comfirm that rule. To be hounest he only possesses 2 things: heart and spirit. That have carried him far beyond his talent. His speed has declined and now him often comes too late into tackles, resulting in a lot of unnessasery freekicks. His by far best preformence last year was at right back, where he could fight and show that spirit, but lets face it; that spot is already taken.

    The way we play is suffering from 2 central defenders (Carra and Skrtel) who can’t bring the ball out of defence, none of them are particulary strong in the air, and they are not fast or visionary. At least Kyrgi is strong in the air and is more comfortable on the ball. though he’s even slower than Carra and Skrtel he seems to have at least one much needed attribute. Agger is not particulary strong in the air either, but make up for it in his calmness, ballskill, ability to take the ball out of the defence. Unfortunatly he’s injury prone as hell. If not bying an other central defender i’d go for Kyrgi and Agger in the central defence, especialy when defending so deep as we do under Roy’s regime. We are often dominated in the air in our own box, and thats why we constantly are under pressure.

  8. tony gunning

    October 19, 2010 at 2:24 am

    liverpool have got to be ruthless like Bob Paisley was, with Jamie Carragher and most of the team sell them on becuase they are not good enough to play for liverpool , ive been a liverpool fan for 40 yrs or so and ive not seen a team as bad as this lot , gerrard and torres are a stumbling block to the rest and ithey think they bigger than the club. a mass clear out in the summer but by then it may be too late , Roys a nice bloke but not the man to return liverpool to the top . get Gus Hiddink

  9. Carolyn

    October 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    No, he does not deserve a new contract. Another one of Hodgson’s blunders. Roy has no clue what he’s doing. Buying Poulsen was his first big mistake. The same Poulsen who couldn’t get a game at Juventus because a Liverpool reject, Momo Sissoko, kept him on the bench. Then he bought Konchesky who is worse than the Argentine he replaced. He may have got Cole on a free but his weekely wages are high and so far Cole has been awful.

    The problem lies with Hodgson for giving Carragher a new two-year contract at a time when Carragher should be spending more time on the bench and allowing the likes of Agger and Wilson a run in the first team. Carragher not only hoofs the ball from the back but he has no pace left at his age so why would anyone in their right mind give him a new contract is beyond me. Just goes to show how bad Liverpool are on the field and making big blunders off the field as well. Even NESV have already realised that buying Liverpool for 300 million pounds was no bargain. How can it be when the club offers a has-been a new lucrative contract and has a clueless manager on board.

  10. daniel

    October 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    if jamie is going to be a backup defender/coach in training then the answer is hell yes. he has a lot of knowledge to pass onto the team and he brings a nice fire to the table. if he is expected to have a regular part in the starting lineup, that answer is hell no!

  11. Gaz Hunt

    October 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Carra is, obviously, not the player he once was but still remains a solid defender. Look around at the Liverpool player’s performances and Carra has to stand out as one of the best. I’m not sure if that says something about Carra or the team but it definitely justifies a new contract.

    As for the comment about him “hoofing the ball”, he does this about as much as any other central defender in the league (I’m looking specifically at you, England’s John Terry).

    I do agree that we should start to move him into a player-coach role soon, though. Not only because his best days are behind him but because he could mature into a great club coach (and the perfect throwback to the days of the boot room coach).

  12. Nik Gresham

    October 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    We have to drop Carra and Skirtle if we want to move on this season. Carras best days are behind him and he hoofs it too much we need possesion football now.

  13. mark cad

    October 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I’m sorry but whoever penned “did Jamie Carragher deserve a new contract” what a bellend.

  14. Brian

    October 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    He may be getting on now and its only fitting he should stay to finnish his career.He has been a loyal and grafting player for the club(how many games out through injury?)Even he is rested and doesnt start every game,there are guys on the bench week in week out who dont deserve to wear the shirt,with Carra its 100% every week.

  15. Robin

    October 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Any other LFC fans answering this?

    I’m not sure how you can say that Carra’s form has been poor this season – no LFC player has particularly impressed but Jamie has been pretty solid. I’ve watched most games and can’t remember too many defencive errors. Feel free to prove me wrong.

    I think he deserves another couple of years as he is still one of the best centre backs in the country. Pace isn’t everything and Skirtel is our pacey defender.

    • Benj

      October 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      I honestly think we must be the only 2 LFC fans on here.
      Carra has been our most consistant defender this season and probably for the last 2 before it.
      With Skrtel lacking a bit and Soto being pure crap, partering Carra with Agger is our best CB partnership.
      PS: Get Roy Out

  16. steve mcauley

    October 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    agree dominjon, a player/coach role with the emphasis on coach! carra is undoubtedly a legend but i would hate his reputation and rapport with the fans to suffer because roy doesn’t have the courage to drop him! he’s obviously past it and should be phased out with dignity

  17. che

    October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Rafa made him better. But he should be our future manager, he has the best knowledge of any football player. We have to buy someone better than Skrtel then benching Carra would be fine for me, otherwise Carra is still our best CB at the time.

  18. Lewy

    October 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Did he deserve a new contract. 1 Word….NO. He has a lack of pace and cannot read a game of football and cannot organise a defence. When he played alongside Hyypia, Hyypia organised everything read everything and told Carra what to do but now he’s the main man he’s just showing that he’s not a top class defender. People say yeah but look at the last ditch tackles he makes, why does he make these tackles, its because he cant read the game. Don’t get me wrong he’s been a great servant and has put some wonderful performances in over the years and you cant deny his passion and commitment for the club but sentiment shoudlnt some into it. If it did Folwer Barnes King kenny and Rush would still have playing contracts. We need a top class centre half who can organise and boss our defence and until we get one the we will continue to struggle….

  19. Ken

    October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Rafa brought out the best of Carra no other manager did. Yet he petitioned to sack Rafa and sweeten Roy. That is his own doing, Carra’s time is up and his cunning plus Roy ineptness got him a contract. What a epic swindle.

  20. M.YNWA

    October 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    One ward NO.

    But he can be part of LFC as backroom assistant, a role offer to Big Sammy

  21. Tpope

    October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Boyhood club was Everton, but no big deal. I find this deal a little frustrating as well. I just can’t imagine it being worth it.

  22. Marshy

    October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    If hoofing the ball deserves a new contract, then he deserves it. His waning form means he has little scope to shout at other players. He gave a nonexistant pass to Torres on Sunday and then rollocked him for not moving. Look to yourself Carragher, accept you’re past it and slip into the background.

  23. dominjon

    October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    He should have been offered a role as a player/coach. He can still offer something as a player, just not a start every game no matter what, player. And his legend status would lead to him being a fine coach to younger players and maybe help start a bootroom for the 21st century.

    • Dave B.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      I agree. Depends on what the plans are for him. If you’re extending him as a second string center back who’ll play against the Wigan’s of the world, fine. If you’re counting on him to be your top choice center back (or worse … left back) then that’s not smart.

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