Liverpool Legend Jamie Carragher to Join Sky Sports in August


Jamie Carragher of Liverpool (Wikimedia Commons)

Long-time Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher announced that in August he will join the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Graeme Souness and others on the set of Sky Sports.  For the 2013/14 season, Sky Sports will feature more than 500 live domestic, European, and international football matches.

At 35, Carragher has enjoyed plenty of success with Liverpool since making his debut for his hometown club in the 1996-97 season.  Although this will be the defender’s last campaign at Anfield, the accolades he’s accumulated throughout his footballing career are nothing short of admirable: a 2005 Champions League title, debuting for England in 1999,  featuring in the 2010 World Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups, two Super Cups, and a UEFA Cup all feature on his resume.

Although not the most pacy player, Carragher is an emotional defender who certainly made his mark in the Premier League.  But as his playing career is coming to a close, the former England international is excited for his next opportunity (via The Guardian):

“I watch Sky Sports all the time and I’m a huge fan.  I can’t wait to be part of their coverage and work with the best in the business.  Why Sky has done for football for over 20 years is incredible and I’m thrilled to be part of their exciting plans for next season.”

Carragher’s tactical awareness will surely add another dimension to Sky Sports, just as Neville’s thoughts have this past season.  With over 700 appearances for Liverpool under his belt, he surely has set the tone for future Liverpool defenders who look to emulate his success.  Even Jose Enrique wants to replicate his play as he told The Sun,

“It’s not lucky, he deserves it.  He has been an amazing player for Liverpool for many years and he’s an example for any player here.”

A stern defender on the pitch, Carragher will likely continue his no nonsense approach on the set of Sky Sports next season.  One thing is for certain, Manchester United vs Liverpool matches will surely feature a heated debate on the station with Neville and Carragher lining up together for Sky.

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