There has been a lot of change at the club these past weeks; with players leaving and new faces coming in. Many have been upset with Mascherano’s refusal to play for the club, a club which took him from the depths of West Ham’s reserves to a World Class player. Loyalty is difficult to find in today’s modern game. You will be hard pressed to find it with foreign players so far away from home like Macherano. Even home grown players like our own captain, his head was once turned; thank god he stayed. One persons head has never been turned away from , forever like the Liverbird on the player’s chest!
Jamie Carragher celebrates his testimonial next Saturday, which will be a great day to acknowledge such dedication and passion for one club. Through the wind and the rain, good and bad times at the club, Carra has been there like the rock he is on the pitch. In a week when Masherano refused to play for our club, the players coming in only need to look at Carra as the perfect example of a loyal professional.
He made his professional debut in the 1996–97 season and under Rafa, we saw him become one of Europe’s Top Centre Half’s; keeping the continents best strikers in his back pocket on epic European nights home and away. Off the pitch, Carragher received the freedom of his home borough of Sefton for his local charity work and “the exceptional example he sets to the youth of today.” He also works actively in community with his 23 foundation; “The aim is to raise £100,000 per year, all of which will be used to help give Liverpool kids a better life.” http://www.jamiecarragher23.co.uk/
This man is an example for all young aspiring Footballers. Football has changed; managers come and go, players do get forced out of clubs at times. Players seek greener pastures when the going gets tough. But Jamie never asks for a pay rise (I believe he is on £50 – £60k? Correct me if I am wrong) and he understands the value and legacy for playing for such a great club. I wish every one of our players displayed the passion, desire, drive and dedication our number 23 does. Have a great day on Saturday Jamie….
You are the reason “We all dream of a team of Carraghers…”