Carra’s Arbeloa rant for Pepe

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed how he had goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s interests in mind when he blew up in fury at full-back Alvaro Arbeloa during today’s 0-2 victory at West Brom.


Midway through the second half, Carragher squared up to his teammate, angry at some sloppy defensive play by the Spaniard. Xabi Alonso and Daniel Agger had to step in to make sure things didn’t get too heated.

But Carragher says his passionate response to Arbeloa’s play was because he was so desperate to keep a clean sheet.

He told reporters, “We can’t win the league now but there are a number of targets we can aim for. We want to keep a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of the Golden Glove for the third season running. Pepe is one behind Van der Sar now and there’s a chance Van der Sar won’t play next week, so we wanted to make sure he got a clean sheet today.

“To be honest we were a bit lackadaisical in our defending all through the game and they had too many chances.”

The win means Liverpool will definitely finish second in the Premier League this season and earn with it an automatic Champions League spot, whilst West Brom were fated to relegation.

After a tough 90 minutes, Carragher continued, “Maybe we took it a bit too easy and let them attack us too much, but that was one of the toughest games I’ve played in all season. We go all over Europe playing top teams and we play against the best sides in this country, but that was one of the hardest games we’ve had.”