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Carragher on Barnes, Benitez and his one regret

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Liverpool’s retiring defender Jamie Carragher says he only regrets never winning the league title in his 16 years with the club.

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Carragher will play his last game for the Reds this Sunday when QPR visit Anfield in the final game of the Premier League season.

The 35-year-old former England international, who will captain the side on Sunday in the absence of Steven Gerrard, met with the press at Melwood ahead of his swansong this weekend.

He spoke of his pride of playing for just one club throughout his career, before he embarks on a stint as a football pundit for Sky Sports in the summer.

“I wish I’d won the league,” Carragher said, quoted in today’s Independent.

“I’ve never won the league and maybe that could have compared to the Champions League.”

He looked back on May 25th, 2005, Liverpool’s fifth European Cup triumph with fond memories.

“There’s no point going over that game,” he said. “Nothing will beat that, will it? We all know what happened that night and it’s difficult to ever top that.”

Carragher went on to answer a range of questions on his memories from his career under six different managers at Anfield.

He also spoke of his enjoyment of playing alongside the likes of John Barnes and Gerrard, whilst praised former boss Rafa Benitez, who departed the club in 2010.

He added, “Benitez was brilliant at setting up a defence. He brought my game on a lot at centre-back because that was his expertise, making a team solid. But it’s difficult to single out one person, you get a lot of help from a lot of people.”

Carragher was speaking to the media at his final press conference at Melwood yesterday, watch the video here.

Liverpool vs QPR gets underway at 4pm on Sunday, 19th May.

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