Ronaldo Has Made Manchester United Worse, Says Carragher

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 28, 2022, Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo applauds supporters after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea in Manchester, England. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

 

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has criticised Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, for his decision to be allowed to leave the club in the summer.

Ronaldo had told the Red Devils’ management he was concerned he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at the club.

Despite the 37-year-old’s willingness to leave, United have taken the stance that he is not for sale and expect him to see out the remainder of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2023.

Carragher in a series of tweets on Saturday made his frustration known at the Portuguese superstar’s decision adding that the player lacked the loyalty he was praised for.

 

Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

“Ronaldo did exactly what I thought he would do, score goals but make the team worse,” he said

“The transfer request also kills the idea he turned down Man City because of his love for Man United.”

The 44- year-old also stated that the end of the previous season was a better time to have put in an exit request.

“Also, why now? Has ETH told him he is not part of his plans or will play a limited role??

“Surely the end of last season was the right time to tell the club.”

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Ronaldo has never played in the Europa League, which United qualified for after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

The Portugal international believes he still has three or four years left at the highest level of the game.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for him; also Bayern are also reportedly interested in Ronaldo, but any move from the Bavarian side is likely to arrive only after they finalise a sale for wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski.

Vardy ‘Most Influential Signing’ In Premier League – Jamie Carragher

Leicester City’s English striker Jamie Vardy gestures during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England in February 7, 2021.
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Analysing the greatest ever footballing transfers in the English premier league, Jamie Carragher believes no player can trump Jamie Vardy’s move from Fleetwood town to Leicester City.

Vardy who arrived at the Foxes for a meagre fee of £1 million has turned out to be one of the world’s most lethal striker’s notching 114 Premier League goals to date and helping Leicester secure a title in 2016.

Carragher had this to say in an interview “I am always reluctant to definitively declare anyone or anything is ‘the best ever.”

”It can only be a matter of opinion. But if you were compiling a list of the greatest, most influential signings and judging it on value for money, who eclipses Vardy?”

The Liverpool legend claimed the 34 -year-old  forward’s signing for Leicester dwarfs some of the greatest legends in the EPL, also insisting these legends were almost perfect pieces of the puzzle for those respective clubs

”We can talk about many transfers which changed the course of Premier League history, such as Eric Cantona joining Manchester United, Dennis Bergkamp to Arsenal, Yaya Toure or David Silva moving to Manchester City, or Virgil van Dijk joining Liverpool,” he said

”They were established, international players and household names heading to clubs already building towards titles – the finishing touch to emerging teams.”

The sport’s pundit also likened the striker’s footballing journey to an inspirational fairytale that would be told for generations.

”Whenever the story of English football is told to future generations, they will talk about Leicester before and after Vardy’s arrival,” he said.

Vardy is set to return to the side after four games out when Leicester host Liverpool on Saturday.

‘Firmino Isn’t In Great Form’- Carragher Pushes For Jota First Team Selection

 

 

 

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has called for Jurgen Klopp to play the Portuguese forward Diogo Jota in more games ahead of the out of form Brazilian Firmino.

Carragher made his stance known in an interview with talkSPORT on Tuesday saying Klopp playing Mane, Salah Firmino and Jota was  a one-off

He had this to say about the Brazilian forward “Firmino isn’t in great form right now but that could change if Liverpool get to a final, but I don’t think he was in great form last season either.

“Liverpool fans are educated enough to know that Firmino’s role is not to be scoring the goals. Liverpool’s goalscorers play wide and they know he can create, win the ball back and start the press. But even when I looked at his pressing stats last weekend, they aren’t the numbers they usually are.”

While stating that his preference for the Portuguese’s selection ahead of the Brazilian in no way means and end to  hardworking forward, he believes Firmino should sit out for three to four games

Still making a case for his liking for Jota he added

“When you’re not playing well and you come on a substitute, it’s hard to have a bad game as a sub,” he added.

“The reason why I’d play Jota is because Liverpool don’t have many goalscorers he stated clearly/

Roberto Firmino has hit the back of the net ten times in his last 46 Premier League appearances which have raised some concerns since the introduction of Jota who has had a promising start in the Liverpool jersey.

Gerrard Elated To Be Back With Liverpool

Steven Gerrard, LiverpoolFormer England International, Steven Gerrard, says he is exited to return home and to his former club, Liverpool.

The former captain of the English club, however, said he was also “nervous and anxious” about his impending return to Anfield as a youth coach.

“Liverpool are prepared to help me an awful lot.

“They want to help me to become a better coach or a better manager, but at the same time I’ve got to commit to it and put in the hard work,” the 36-year-old, told BBC.

Gerrard is expected to commence his coaching job with Liverpool in February.

He made his debut for the club in 1998 and retired from playing in 2016.

The former England player made his 500th league appearance for the Reds in a goalless draw against West Brom on 25 April.

The appearance saw him become the third player ever to achieve 500 or more Premier League appearances for one club, after Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher.

Suarez, Torres To Return To Liverpool For Gerrard’s Charity Game

Gerrard-Suarez Former Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres, will be returning to Anfield to play in a charity match, to be hosted by Liverpool on March 29.

The match, organised by the Liverpool FC Foundation, would feature sides led by club captain, Steven Gerrard and retired vice-captain, Jamie Carragher.

Suarez is among those who have agreed to play. The Uruguayan forward left the Reds to join Barcelona for £75m last year July.

Former Liverpool players like Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Xabi Alonso would also be involved in the match.

Chelsea captain, John Terry, his team-mate, Didier Drogba and former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, have also expressed interests that they would be involved in the game.

The teams would be completed with Liverpool players not on international duty and academy prospects. The two managers are yet to be announced.

Suarez 28, won all three English domestic Player of the Year awards last season, scoring 31 Premier League goals as Liverpool finished second place to Manchester City.

He left shortly after being suspended for 4 months, for biting Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini, while playing for Uruguay in a World Cup match in Brazil in 2014.

Money raised would go towards a number of foundations, including the club’s foundation, which funds community programmes across the city.

Incomes would also go towards Alder Hey’s new children’s hospital in the Park project, the Wirral-based Claire’s House Children’s Hospice, Youth Charities Positive Futures and Cash for Kids, and Centre 56, which supports women and children who have suffered or are at risk of domestic abuse.