Jamie Carragher laughs at Gary Neville's political ambitions
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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have been bickering on the nation’s televisions for nearly 10 years. The Manchester United and Liverpool legends have raised the standard of punditry and analysis over the last decade but have also earned a reputation for their heated debates.
Express Sport compiles several of the most noteworthy times that Neville and Carragher have fallen out live on air…
Liverpool 7-0 Man Utd
One of the most recent clashes came after Carragher’s former club Liverpool thrashed Neville’s boyhood team Man Utd earlier in March. When the topic turns to either club, it is likely that the Sky Sports duo will get passionate in their views.
And Carragher’s ability to get under the skin of his former England team-mate worked wonders as Neville discussed the fallout from the game. “You might lose 2-0, you might lose 2-1, you might lose 3-0, but you do not lose 7-0 here. You just don’t,” Neville said
Poking fun, a gleaming Carragher hilariously responded: “You do today!” A clearly aggrieved Neville bluntly shot back: “Do one.”
The next day, Carragher, who had tweeted a picture of a furious Neville in the commentary gantry, alleged that his sparring partner had “cried off” his Monday Night Football duties. The truth of the matter however was that Karen Carney had long been scheduled to provide analysis of Brentford’s game against Fulham in Neville’s place.
Clashing over Daniel Levy
It was clear soon after Carragher joined Sky in 2013 that the pair would clash on several occasions. And one of the first incidents came during a Monday Night Football debate over Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Carragher scoffed at Neville’s view that the maligned Levy was “one of the best operators” in the Premier League. Cutting off the Liverpool icon as he argued that Spurs should be spending more money as a Champions League club, Neville asked: “Have you not worked out the new stadium cost 600 million quid?”
“This was four years ago!” Carragher blasted back, with Neville replying: “Hang on a minute, the stadium is not even finished [and] it is already £150m quid over budget, oh my god!”
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Euro 2020 squad debate
England squads have been a matter of huge contention between Neville and Carragher. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s place in Gareth Southgate’s plans has been a particularly hot topic.
Ahead of Euro 2020, Carragher argued in favour of the Liverpool defender being picked. Neville felt that Southgate’s exclusion of the player in a recent international break meant he was unlikely to feature. “He’s a unique talent, he’s not the same as any other full-back. Most full-backs, even attacking ones, the greatest ones going forward, are up and down in a straight line. He’s Kevin De Bruyne playing right-back. He’s different,” Carragher said.
“When you talk about the areas you want him on the ball, I’d want him in that position more than anyone else in Europe. Harry Kane would want him on the ball there too, Raheem Sterling too.
“We haven’t seen enough of it in an England shirt, I get that. But Southgate has got to find a way to get him on the ball. You can talk about players coming up against him, but his own players, Sterling and Kane, whoever else is on that back post, will want him on the ball, in that position, more than anyone else in the country.”
But Neville was not so sure. “I don’t think he will include him,” he snapped back. “I think leaving him out in March was a precursor for the summer.
“I don’t think he would just drop that bombshell, I think he was getting everyone used to the idea this incredible talent is maybe not going to a tournament, unless [Kyle] Walker, [Reece] James or [Kieran] Trippier get injured.”
Ultimately, Alexander-Arnold did indeed earn a place in the squad, only to pull out of the tournament with an injury.
Earlier this season, the pair came to blows over the ownership of Liverpool. At the time, there were rumours that Fenway Sports Group were seeking a sale or investment in the club.
“The two biggest things for Liverpool are keeping Jurgen Klopp and getting new owners. The right new owners,” Neville said of the situation after Liverpool lost 3-1 at Brentford.
A puzzled Carragher then interjected: “They don’t need new owners. They’ve won absolutely everything you could possibly win by being smart.”
As an amused Micah Richards tried to play the role of mediator, the bemused Neville continued to respond: “They are selling the club.”
Carragher then shot back: “Even if they don’t go, Liverpool have had owners and the club have won absolutely everything. They have been clever in the transfer market, not just blowing money like your club [United]. That’s absolute nonsense.”
Neville replied: “What are you going on about? They are selling the club. I said they need the right new owners.”
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