Have we seen the best of Wayne Rooney? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney undoubtedly stands out as one of the best English players of his generation. He has been England's best forward for the past ten years or so and is truly a "world class" player in his own right.
At 28, he has played over 600 games for both club and country and has scored over 260 goals in his career.
Ever since the final whistle blew, Liverpool fans and some neutrals have been up in arms about Chelsea's tactics. At last someone from their camp has come out and spoken complete sense and it's about time!
I had written my take on the game first and foremost here followed by my take on the whole anti football debate yesterday here.
Liverpool legend: It's Now or Never - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
One down, six to go. It's really giving a tingling romantic sensation, not only for Liverpool fans, but for the neutrals as well. Liverpool's destiny of winning the Premier League title now rests on their own hands!
Former Liverpool pair Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher have been telling the story of a trip to Japan that ended with the German midfielder being arrested. The story takes places in Tokyo after the Reds' participation in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship. Over to Didi...
Liverpool are now genuine title contenders, according to club legend Jamie Carragher. The Sky Sports pundit says former team-mates Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez can stop talking about a top four finish in interviews and make an assault on the title. He said: "Liverpool are going for the title as well now.
Impressionist Darren Farley is back with a new video, featuring the comedian singing Christmas hits in a number of different characters including â€”Jamie Carragher, Roy Hodgson, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Harry Redknapp.
Even if you're not a Liverpool supporter, this video is worth watching for a few chuckles.
Arsenal's 2-0 win over Liverpool may have put them five points clear at the top of the table, but Kolo Toure thinks that Arsenal are not the title favourites. Liverpool may have started the season with ambitions of finishing in the top four, but they are now capable of winning the title according to the defender.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was asked to name his favourite Liverpool team goal in response to Jack Wilshere's effort for Arsenal against Norwich at the weekend. Without too much thought, this is the one that Carra opted for: Patrik Berger's strike against Derby County in October 2000. The Czech star applied a thunderous final [.
Liverpool youngster Tiago Ilori has been talking of how much he admires recently retired Anfield great Jamie Carragher. The pair never played together, with Carra hanging up his boots at the end of last season and Portuguese youngster Ilori only joining on transfer deadline day. Although they are very different defenders, the 20-year-old said he [.
Liverpool are prepared to block any move for Martin Skrtel from his former club Zenit, according to ESPN. Speculation has grown recently over the future of Liverpool's Slovakian defender, who was linked with a move away in the summer. The 28-year-old lost his place to Jamie Carragher last season and has only recently managed to nail down a starting place under manager Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard believes young players are struggling to break through at top clubs because of the high numbers of foreign players in the Premier League. Gerrard, 33, made his Liverpool debut at the age of 18 and has been a mainstay in the club's first-team ever since.
Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to the hands of Southampton was more disappointing for the performance, than the result itself. In fairness to the Saints, they came to Anfield and played a very impressive game of football. They were composed, strong and a great collective group. Considering they finished 20 points behind Liverpool last season, Mauricio Pochettino's side have come on leaps and bounds over the summer.
Jamie Carragher reduced the Monday Night Football team to fits of laughter with his assertion that no-one wants to grow-up to be Gary Neville. The Liverpool legend was initially making a general point about most full-backs being failed wingers or failed centre-backs. But, spotting he had touched a nerve with professional right-back Neville, he hammered [.
It was interesting to see the reaction of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on SkySports's Monday Night Football last night. Both have stated that it's between Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. I was wondering if you agree?
Speaking after Chelsea's response to going a goal down to Burnley and winning the game 3-1 by half time, Neville said:
"I'm not writing Arsenal and Liverpool off on the first day of the season, but I'm not sure how they can win it.
Small-scale pundit warfare erupted on Twitter last night in the wake of Diego Costa's dismal efforts to con a penalty out of refereeMichael Oliver by hurling himself over Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton at Turf Moor with Stan Collymore ultimately vowing to walk away from the broadcasting profession to prove his point.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher got into a fascinating debate on the first Monday Night Football episode of the season as they discussed the new fad of wing backs in the modern game, and whether they're much different than the modern day full back.
The 3-5-2 formation proved to be the catalyst for the debate between the former Manchester United and Liverpool defenders.
It goes without saying that the amount of soccer available to American "soccer" fans is astounding.
This summer, ESPN/ABC made sure every match of the World Cup was available live on television, Internet or even app. Meanwhile, NBC Sports Group is kicking off its second season covering the Barclays Premier League, which will see the broadcast company showcase all 380 matches of the season on its networks and over the web.
Earlier this week, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher gave an enlightening analysis of the Liverpool-Chelsea game and the mistakes that Liverpool made that played right into Chelsea's plan.
On that episode of 'Monday Night Football' on Sky Sports, Neville and Carragher also analyzed Newcastle United's defensive mistakes and what they should be doing better to stop the flurry of goals that is being scored against its team.
I got to admit I thought teaming Carragher and Neville up on Sky Sports was going to be a disaster, however I have been pleasantly surprised with how both men have been able to disect almost every game with perfect perception of the game and the pairs analysis of yesterday's game at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea was quite brilliant and honest from both men.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were back on television in the UK last night for the British version of 'Monday Night Football.' As always, Neville and Carragher had plenty of salient points to share.
This week's episode has been broken down into eight separate short videos.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey received a glowing review from Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Aaron Ramsey last night. Carragher praised Ramsey as being "the best player in the league" on his current form. Neville was also keen to praise Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for ignoring criticism in the media and from Arsenal supporters [.
Most fans of English football in the United States have no clue what they are missing. Unless, that is, they are using alternative means to watch soccer matches broadcast on Sky Sports.
Sky Sports coverage is universally applauded for shows such as: Soccer Saturday, The Footballers Football Show, Sunday Supplement, and Goals on Sunday (I would like to add Soccer AM to this list, but I'm not sure how many people understand the comic genius of "The Hairy Strikers" and "Away Days").
Richard Keys used to present Sky Sports' football coverage for many-a-year. He now doesn't. This is because he did a small sexism on television a couple of years ago and paid the price. Now he and his partner in crime, Andy Gray, present Premier League coverage out in Qatar with Al Jazeera.
On 27 January 2002 a coin was thrown onto the pitch at Highbury from the crowd during the FA Cup match with Liverpool. It landed near Jamie Carragher. I don't know if the perpetrator of the offence was caught, but I hope so and I hope he/she was banished from Arsenal games [.
It's not often that a defender is lauded as man-of-the-match following a 4-1 win. But after City trounced United in the season's first Manchester derby, amongst the many contenders for the accolade was Vincent Kompany, as the City captain put in a typically inspirational performance.
Sky Sports's Jamie Carragher, a pundit notoriously difficult to appease from a defensive perspective, was waxing lyrical about the Belgian's showing in his post game analysis:
"As a centre-back myself, watching that performance I was just in awe.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed the tactics of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, questioning his decision to not play an out and out striker. The former Real Madrid manager elected to start Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o up top for yesterday's Champions League match against Swiss side FC Basel, but once again saw his approach fall flat on its face as the Blues slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
Thoughts on the eve of England's 2014 World Cup squad announcement It is always fun for fans to second-guess their national team coach's World Cup squad. And so it is galling when the manager picks players you had cast off the list long ago, revealing his mind works on a different wavelength to the supporters'.
'Twas the 11th annual 'Match Against Poverty' last night, with Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo once again assembling their stellar teams, chock-full of legendary names, to square off in the name of charity.
As always, the rosters were absolutely stellar with the likes of Robert Pires, Youri Djorkaeff, Paolo Maldini, Steve McManaman, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Hidetoshi Nakata, Fabio Cannavaro and Jamie Carragher all turning out for the occasion making Luis Figo's dressing room "group selfie" (okay, we know it's not actually a selfie) a thing of exquisite beauty and putting Ellen DeGeneres' paltry Oscar night ensemble shot to shame.
I personally cannot say enough about Gary Cahill! Surely, he has to be one of the best defenders in the country right now and I am not saying that because I wear blue tinted glasses, it's fact! The reports that he is about to be offered a new four year deal at Chelsea is fantastic news if it's true!